DURANT - The Durant soccer teams split with the Shawnee Wolves on Friday night in district play. The Durant boys got a dramatic win over the Wolves, 1-0. And the Lady Lions fell to the Lady Wolves 3-2.
The Durant Lions improved their record to 4-3 on the season after a physical and emotional game against Shawnee.
The Shwanee team went after the Lions players throughout the game with some physical borderline plays. But the Lions held their ground and came way with the upset.
“Hats off to our kids, because it was a pretty physical game,” said head coach John Wilmoth. “They (Shawnee) got mouthy and frustrated. They were fouling us, but we didn’t retaliate. We kept our cool and the good guys won tonight.”
Alberto Vazquez scored the winning goal for Durant at the 12:27 mark. A shot on goal bounced off the Wolves goalie and Vazquez got the rebound and put it past the goalie for the winning score.
“That was a hustle play. The keeper had already made a stop and Alberto chased the ball down and put it where it needed to be,” said Wilmoth.
It was an emotional goal and win for Vazquez and his brother Jose Vazquez. Their grandmother had passed away the night before. And after the goal they pointed into the air to express it was for her.
The team hoisted Vazquez upon their shoulders after the game out of respect.
The Durant Lady Lions’ record dropped to 6-2 and they are still ranked No. 8 in Class 5A on the season after a 3-2 loss to the Shawnee Lady Wolves. Both of the Lady Lions’ losses have come to Shawnee.
“We have developed a rivalry with this team (Shawnee), it’s not a dislike for each other. But when we play them, we are going to leave everything on field. The blood, sweat and tears,” said head coach Jeff Garrett. “That’s the way game should be played.”
This district match-up was close, down to the last second game.
“We can’t blame anybody but ourselves,” said Garrett. “We had three times more shots-on-goal in the second half. I can’t say enough about character and heart. We never slowed down and never gave up.”
The Lady Lions drew first blood when Savannah VanZandt scored a goal to give the Lady Lions a 1-0 lead. Then the Lady Wolves answered back with a goal to tie the game.
Shawnee would score again at the 15:37 mark. After a bad pass out the Durant box was grabbed by the Lady Wolves, who put it past the Lions’ goalie to take a 2-1 lead. Then just minutes later Shawnee would score again at the 11:44 mark to give Shawnee a 3-1 halftime lead.
The Lady Lions started to attack more aggressively on offense in the second half and began to pepper the Shawnee goalie with shots-on-goal. Alexus Coxsey would put the ball the pass the Shawnee goalie at the 25:35 mark and trailed 3-2.
The Lions fought furiously and had at least three chances to tie the game, but the Lady Wolves’ defense held firm to stop Durant’s rally.
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