By CEDRIQUE FLEMMING
The Tahlequah boys soccer team lost 3-1 to Coweta Monday night at Doc Wadley Stadium. Saul Medina scored his fifth goal in the last three matches, but a lackluster effort on the backline would spell doom for the home side.
Tahlequah fell to 3-5 overall and 1-2 in District 5A-3 play.
“I thought we played very good for 80 minutes tonight, but we just can’t find the net right now,” Tahlequah coach Gary McClure said. “We also had a couple of injuries to starters that had an effect on us. We’re just trying to make the best of what we could with a few guys playing out of position.”
Class 5A No. 8 Coweta (7-2, 3-0) took the early advantage when Brad Mills scored in the 32nd minute, and that would be the score line at intermission.
Blake Fryer scored in the second minute of the second half to put the visiting Tigers on top 2-0, but Medina headed home a goal off a free kick in the 44th minute to cut the lead in half.
Mills put the game out of reach with a breakaway strike in the 52nd minute following a missed clearance by a Tahlequah defender. The defender attempted to kick the ball downfield, but he whiffed and sent Mills free towards goal for an easy marker.
“The first goal was just a tremendous goal, but we gave them two goals with a couple of mistakes on the backline,” McClure said. “We’re missing our two sweepers, and it showed tonight. We had a couple go through our legs, we had some marking issues and we weren’t as productive in the midfield as we needed to be.”
Coweta held a slight 12-10 shot advantage, and the home side led in corner kicks, 4-3.
Coweta 6, Tahlequah (girls) 0
The Tahlequah girls dropped a 6-0 decision to Coweta on Gable Field. The home side conceded goals to six different members of the visiting Lady Tigers to fall to 4-6 overall and 0-3 in District 5A-3 play.
“We have a young team, and that showed tonight,” Tahlequah coach Greg Hall said. “Even though we weren’t able to get the win, I was pleased with how the girls played in the second half. They could have let down after we fell behind early, but they kept fighting and never gave up.”
Coweta’s Miranda Elliott put the visitors on the board in the 10th minute, and goals in the 13th and 17th minutes seemingly put the game out of reach. The second marker was scored by Trista McHolland and Madison Bingham put home the third.
Brianna Bush added a fourth first-half goal for Coweta when she scored in the 32nd minute.
Tahlequah dominated possession for the opening 13 minutes of the second half and outshot the road side 3-0 in that time frame.
“We went in an attacking formation to begin the second half. It gave us a few opportunities to score, but we weren’t able to capitalize,” Hall said. “We probably should’ve started the game in that formation.”
Coweta (5-4, 3-0) was able to switch the field, however, and earn a penalty-kick in the 65th minute that halted Tahlequah’s momentum. The referee pointed to the spot after a dangerous tackle inside the 18-yard goalkeeper box, and Rachel Pack went low-left post to add a fifth goal.
Jessica Crites scored in the 68th minute to get the game to the final 6-0 tally. The visiting Lady Tigers attempted the last 12 shots of the contest.
Both Tahlequah squads will play at Grove this Friday.