By Dave Ruthenberg, Sports Editor
Enid News and Eagle
ENID, Okla. —
It was an eventful night of soccer at Selby Stadium Tuesday as both the Pacers and the Plainsmen went overtime against district foe Stillwater on Senior Night. The Plainsmen prevailed 3-2 in a shootout, but the Pacers fell 1-0 in overtime, a loss that ended their playoff hopes.
The Plainsmen pulled out the victory when Armando Gutierrez broke a 3-3 tie in the shootout to give Enid the win. The winning kick came after Stillwater pushed its final shot wide of the net.
“That was a great win for the boys,” said Enid coach Craig Liddell. “It keeps my hair from going gray.”
Enid took a 1-0 lead in the contest when Wyatt Nirider, a senior getting his first start on Senior Night, scored in the 14th minute of the first half. However, Stillwater tied the game 1-1 nine minutes later and the teams went into halftime tied.
The Plainsmen quickly broke the tie when Edgar Delgadillo took a feed from Felix Mora and scored from 22 yards out, putting the ball in the right corner of the net.
“I was thinking we are going to win this thing and maybe get another goal because we were playing really well,” Liddell said.
But the next goal belonged to Stillwater as the Pioneers tied the score after a scramble deep in Enid’s end and the teams finished regulation tied at 2-2.
The teams played two scoreless overtime periods, forcing the matter to a shootout, but Liddell said he wasn’t concerned at that point.
“I don’t know why, but a calm just came over me and I felt like we were going to win it. Maybe it was because I was wearing my kilt for senior night.”
Whether it was the kilt or just good play, the Plainsmen went on to the win in the shootout on Guiterrez’s game winner. Also scoring in the shootout for Enid was Delgadillo, Yancarlos Duenas and Oscar Pena.
The win raised the Plainsmen’s record to 6-5 overall and 2-3 in district play.
The Pacers weren’t as fortunate. Enid and Stillwater battled through regulation to a 0-0 tie. The Pacers came close to breaking the tie with three minutes remaining but Brianna Burrow’s shot went off the goal post.
The Lady Pioneers won the game just 21 seconds into overtime when a high-arching 30-yard kick sailed just over Enid goalkeeper Grace Enmeier and into the net.
“It was a tough loss,” Liddell said. “She just hit a long blast. There was nothing we could do on it. It was an emotional night and a lot of disappointment but I am very proud of the way they battled tonight and all season.”
With the loss the Pacers fell to 4-8 overall and 1-5 in district play and were elmininated from the playoffs.
The Plainsmen play 6:30 p.m. Thursday at Selby Stadium in a makeup game against Jenks after their scheduled game on April 11 was postponed when a power transformer failed. Fans holding tickets from that game can use their tickets for Thursday’s contest.
Both the Plainsmen and Pacers wrap up the regular season Friday with a trip to Midwest City.