The Enid News and Eagle, Enid, OK

March 25, 2013

Pacers, Plainsmen well rested for Union test

By Ryan Costello, Staff Writer
Enid News and Eagle

ENID, Okla. — The Enid High School boys and girls soccer teams will host one of the state’s best tonight against Union, but at least they’ll be fresh.

The Plainsmen and Pacers took the first three days of spring break off, a long-standing tradition under coach Craig Liddell, before returning to practice Thursday and Friday.

“We got five to six days to get rested and healthy, then we trained Thursday and Friday and worked our socks off,” Liddell said.

The Plainsmen (2-1) will open district play against fourth-ranked Union, entering the game with a plus-6 goal differential, despite taking their first loss of the season March 14 against Woodward.

“We’re really happy,” Liddell said. “We dropped the one game, but in that game, we dominated as well. We won’t hang our heads on that one. Our heads are definitely up.”

The Redskins, last season’s 6A state runner-up, beat Enid 8-0 when the teams last met one day short of a year ago in the Plainsmen’s 2012 district opener.

“(Union is) a strong outfit, but we already addressed it this year: We’ll respect them, but we won’t fear them,” Liddell said. “We’re fresh, we’re hungry and we’re playing some good soccer, so game on.”

The Pacers (1-2) host fifth-ranked Union coming off a 1-0 loss to Woodward on March 14, a game  Liddell said was “a little fine-tuning” short of Enid’s second-straight win.

“I’m happy with the girls,” he said. “We’re really not far away … They deserved it with their effort, but we were disappointed.”

Today’s games start with a junior varsity girls game scheduled for 3:30 p.m. at D. Bruce Selby Stadium, followed by the JV boys at 4:30, the varsity girls at 6 and varsity boys at 8.