, Muskogee, OK


March 29, 2013

PREP SOCCER: Tigers fall in 1 vs. 2 shootout

POTEAU – Unfortunately for Fort Gibson, It didn’t have to go to the fifth shooter.

The Tigers’ Johan Chavez and Levi Ford missed decisive shots in the shootout and the Tigers came up short in falling 3-2 to the Poteau Pirates in the District 4A-6 opener for both teams at Poteau on Thursday night.

Poteau made four shots in the shootout and Fort Gibson found the net twice.

When Ford missed his attempt in the shootout, the Tigers’ chances for a possible tie were lost in this game between the state’s top two ranked boys teams. Had Ford made the shot, Fort Gibson had a chance to tie the game if Poteau had missed on its fifth attempt in the shootout.

“We should’ve won this game,” Chavez said. “I feel really terrible right now. But I’m taking this game as a lesson. I know we’re going to see them again and I’ll finish the next time.”

The loss is the first this season in five games for the Tigers, No. 1 in the poll. No. 2 Poteau improved to 7-1.

Fort Gibson coach Todd Friend consoled his team after the game.

“Shootouts can go either way,” he said. “Anybody who loves soccer would like to be in a game like this. It was a great game. But there’s no way our season is over. “

Both teams were deadlocked at 2-2 after the first and second 10-minute overtimes.

Austin Ford’s shot with 4:41 left in regulation tied the game for the Tigers. He earlier had missed a shot that went over the top of the net.

“I told our guys it took desire and dedication to get the tie,” Friend said.

Poteau took a 2-1 lead with 7:16 left in regulation on Ashby Clark’s second goal of the game.

The teams were tied 1-1 at halftime.

Fort Gibson scored first when Chavez’s shot went to the left side of the net with 34:07 left.

Poteau matched the goal with 30:52 remaining on Clark’s shot.

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