By Ryan Costello, Staff Writer
Enid News and Eagle
PONCA CITY, Okla. —
Two days after Enid’s soccer teams took two games from Ponca City in culminating matches at the Stillwater Cup, the Wildcats and Lady Wildcats returned the favor Tuesday against the visiting Plainsmen and Pacers, taking one-goal wins against each.
The Pacers were the first victims, falling 1-0, despite controlling possession for the majority of the second half.
After Ponca City earned a free kick on a counterattack, the Lady Wildcats scored on the opportunity, tallying the game’s only goal in the 17th minute.
The long distance attempt snaked by the Pacers’ defense and was lost in the shuffle.
“Our goalkeeper (Eva Trostle) wasn’t ready for the reaction and it skipped in, and that was the difference in the game,” said Enid coach Craig Liddell.
The Pacers regrouped in the second half, earning several chances to equalize, the best coming on a Sophie Holle strike from 11 yards that glanced off the crossbar. Midfielder Abby Resendiz crossed the ball into the box for the chance.
“It was a good strike,” Liddell said. “I couldn’t blame her for anything. She hit the ball well.”
Ponca City, which lost to Enid 3-1 in the Stillwater Cup’s third-place game on Saturday, scrambled to save two more shots at the goal line in the second half, and the effort was enough to keep the Pacers off the scoreboard, and eventually out of the win column.
“We were the team that were controlling the ball,” Liddell said. “We really dominated the ball in the second half. I feel bad for the girls because they put so much into this one.”
In the boys game, the Wildcats didn’t score until Andy Ochoa’s tally from 25 yards with 2:27 remaining in the nightcap, but it was enough to force overtime, when Ochoa again struck from distance to beat the Plainsmen, 2-1.
“It was just a great strike,” Liddell said. “One of those we can coach our players to defend a little bit closer, but it was a great shot.”
The loss spoiled a go-ahead goal from Felix Mora that seemed to put Enid in prime position with 15 minutes remaining.
“He got inside the defender, cut inside the shooting window and just unleashed from 20 yards, just outside the 18-yard box,” Liddell said.
But Mora’s goal only set up Ochoa’s winning performance that avenged a 1-0, two-overtime loss in the Stillwater Cup’s fifth-place game.
“Good game,” Liddell said. “Nothing to hang your heads about,” “More of a disappointing result than a poor game.”
The Plainsmen (4-4) and Pacers (3-5) get three days of rest after playing their fourth game in three days on Tuesday. Both teams visit Bixby on Friday, starting with the girls varsity at 6 p.m.