By Ryan Costello, Staff Writer
Enid News and Eagle
BIXBY, Okla. —
The Enid boys soccer team dropped its second one-goal loss in as many games Friday against host Bixby, peppering the Spartans with shots in the second half, but failing to dent the scoreboard in a 1-0 loss.
The Plainsmen’s shutout loss came after the Pacers couldn’t hold their own 1-0 lead in the varsity opener, when Bixby scored three second-half goals to win, 3-1.
“It was a tough night,” said Enid coach Craig Liddell.
It didn’t start that way.
Ten minutes into the girls’ game, Sophie Holle gave the Pacers the only lead for either Enid team.
“She received a good pass in, spun her marker and unleashed a 20-yarder with a slight curl to it right to the roof of the net,” Liddell said. “It was beautiful.”
Holle’s sixth goal of the season stood through intermission, but 10 minutes into the second half, Bixby led 2-1, blitzing the Pacers without reply. The Lady Spartans added a third goal late as Enid tried to equalize, scoring from distance to seal the 3-1 win.
“Just as we were starting to get back into the game, they scored a long shot, and that almost killed off the game,” Liddell said.
The Plainsmen entered the late going tied with Bixby, before a Spartan goal with 15 minutes left put Enid down 1-0. A Bixby corner kick pinballed in front of the Enid net before a Spartan player swung his leg almost 180 degrees and chipped the ball over Plainsmen keeper Victor Hernandez’s head.
“If he hits it 10 times, he maybe scores once,” Liddell said. “It’s hard. It’s a tough one to swallow.”
Enid had its chances to even the game at one — seven shots in the second half to Bixby’s two — but couldn’t bulge the net, twice being stymied by highlight saves by Bixby and a third time by the crossbar on a Felix Mora shot.
“We thought it was in, but it wasn’t to be,” said Liddell of the shot, a 20-yarder that bounced down off the bar and back up and over the net.
The Pacers fell to 3-6 with the loss, and the Plainsmen dropped to 4-5. Both teams play Tuesday against host Moore before returning Thursday to D. Bruce Selby Stadium to host Jenks.
for the first time since March 26 to host Jenks, which entered this week ranked third in girls play and No. 1 in boys.