By Nick Hampton
It looked like it might be Muskogee’s night. They moved the ball up and down the field and played staunch defense.
But in the end it came down to a series of short penalty kicks as the Roughers fell to the Sapulpa Chieftains 2-1 in a shootout in District 6A-3 district soccer action Thursday night at Indian Bowl.
Sapulpa (3-5, 1-0) scored first on a goal by Abel Murrieta with 23:10 left in the first half. The Roughers countered on a goal by Filomen Espinoza with an assist by Troy Stoutemire with 5:02 left before halftime.
Muskogee’s defense ruled the second half, and a blast by Carlos Martinez that hit the crossbar and bounced away denied the Roughers (3-4, 0-2) the go-ahead goal. The score remained 1-1 through the rest of regulation time and two 10-minute overtimes, bringing the teams to the shootout.
The first two players from each team converted on the penalty kick. But Jose Hernandez hit his attempt wide for the Roughers, leaving Sapulpa with the advantage. The Chieftains next player, Taylor Huff, put his shot in to give Sapulpa the lead they would not relinquish.
In a game the Roughers dominated, particularly in the second half when they limited Sapulpa to just three shots on goal, the outcome was understandably disappointing for Rougher coach Shawn Riley.
“It’s disappointing,” said Riley. “We needed to pick up a goal in the second half but we just couldn’t find the net. We played very well and grew up as a team some tonight but sometimes that’s just how soccer goes.”
Sapulpa 2, MHS 0
The Lady Roughers (2-3, 0-2 6A-3) were in control in just about all aspects of the game except the one that matters — goals — as they dropped their second district game of the year.
”We out-hustled them and moved the ball around better, but you’ve just got to put the ball in the goal,” said MHS coach Curt Denton. “You’ve got to pick one side of the goal or the other but tonight all our best shots were right at the goal keeper who was standing right in the middle of the net. Our forwards have got to finish and they just didn’t do that tonight.”
Sapulpa got its first goal with 12:04 to play in the first half as Morgan Kent put in a deflected shot off the left post, just getting by a diving Muskogee goal keeper Cassidy Drabek, to make it 1-0. The second goal was also a deflection off of Drabek that Mariah Williams knocked in for the Lady Chieftains.
“We played hard 90 percent of the game,” said Denton. “But it’s that 10 percent when you let down that beats you.”
The Roughers continue district play tonight as they travel to Owasso to test the Rams.