BTW 6, Tahlequah (boys) 3
A hat trick from Saul Medina proved all for naught as a flurry of goals late helped Booker T. Washington seal a 6-3 victory over the Tahlequah boy’s soccer team.
The Tigers took a 3-2 lead in the first minute of the second half, but a four-goal rally in the game’s final 15 minutes powered the 5A No. 7 Hornets to the come-from-behind win.
“We were very competitive tonight. We were able to put a lot of pressure on them in the back end,” Tahlequah coach Gary McClure said. “We worked the ball well at times, and we were able to play defense well at times.”
Booker T. opened the scoring in the second minute, when Backr Rahhal found the back of the net. Medina quickly equalized in the fifth minute, and the two squads played two a 1-1 draw for the next 24 minutes.
BTW’s Keegan King lined up for a free kick in the 29th minute, and he took a shot that sailed wide. Unfortunately for the home side, the shot deflected off the head of defender George Bullard and went past the goalkeeper for an own goal. It took Medina just two minutes to knot the game at 2-2, however, and that would be the score line at intermission.
Medina completed his hat trick and gave the 11th-ranked Tigers (3-4, 0-1) a 3-2 advantage just 33 seconds into the second half, but the Hornets (3-2, 1-0) would dominate the remainder of the contest.
King scored goals in the 65th and 67th minutes to put Booker T. on top, and the visitors received insurance markers in the 71st and 80th minutes from Andrew Eaton-Clark and Dakota Hardman, respectively.
“We have a couple of things that we need to fix, but they are all fixable things,” McClure said. “I thought this was a positive night overall, and we were able to give the defending district champions a run for their money. We have the potential to be one of the top two teams in the district the rest of the way.”
Booker T. Washington outshot Tahlequah 23-7, and the visiting side attempted each of the game’s final nine shots. BTW also recorded a narrow 3-2 edge in corner kicks.
Both Tahlequah teams will be back at home Friday against Pryor.