Enid News and Eagle
WOODWARD, Okla. —
Enid’s boys and girls soccer teams dropped a pair of games to Woodward Thursday night. The Pacers (1-2) lost a 1-0 decision, while the Plainsmen (2-1) suffered their first loss of the season 2-1 in the non-district match.
“There’s never a good time to lose a game,” said Enid head coach Craig Liddell, “but it was not a district game. Like any opponent though, they are not going to give you anything.”
Woodward scored the only goal of the girls game 10 minutes into the contest when a shot bounced over the Enid goalkeeper and into the back of the net.
“They (Woodward) deserved to win,” Liddell said. “The first half was scrappy and we played a decent second half. We had the majority of the play, but you can’t take anything away from Woodward.”
In the boys game, Woodward scored in the first 20 minutes to take a 1-0 lead.
“They scored on a defensive mishap,” Liddell said.
The Plainsmen made it 1-1 with 18 minutes left off a crossing right hand corner kick from Felix Mora that was headed into the net by forward Oscar Pena, who recorded his first goal of the season.
“It was good to see him score and get the monkey off his back,” Liddell said.
But the lead did not hold up as Woodward scored on a breakaway to make it 2-1 with nine minutes left.
“We took over play in the second half,” Liddell said. “We controlled play and possession. It wasn’t for lack of effort, but they made it difficult for us.”
Liddell said he was disappointed, but the loss “gives us something to work on and gets our kids’ attention. We’ll bounce back. We won’t hang our heads, it just wasn’t to be tonight.”
Enid is now off until March 26 when Tulsa Union visits for an important district match.
“We’re excited to host them,” Liddell said. “It’s always big when we play them.