DURANT - Fifteen seconds isn't a long time after an 80-minute soccer game. But that's all it took for the Lions to shock Class 4A's No. 1 Catoosa with an overtime goal that sealed a 5-4 win Friday night.
Casey Dufur worked the ball down the left sideline before hitting Tyler Stinson with an assist. The goal was good and the Lions were right back in the postseason hunt.
"It's the best feeling in the world to beat the No. 1 team here at our place," said Stinson. "I knew that cross was coming and it was the best one I've seen, it was beautiful."
Earlier district losses put the Lions in a bind. They had to win out for a good shot at the postseason and the road ran through none other than undefeated Catoosa. That road now has a little less traffic.
"Obviously, it's the best win in our school's soccer history," said Durant coach John Leatherman. "To beat the unanimously-ranked No. 1 team in the state. I think the kids really enjoyed it. They truly showed the spirit of competition."
Rowdy Isbill scored the first goal of the contest on an assist by John Michael with less than five minutes elapsed in the first half. The early goal not only surprised the top team, but gave the Lions even more reason to stay optimistic.
Catoosa 5, Durant 0
The Lady Lions opened the day with a tough loss to the district's top team. The loss didn't hurt too much, because Catoosa has already likely sewn up the top seed.
"We have two district losses now so we really have to put this behind us and get ready for the next few games. Coweta's going to be tough and it's going to be tough going on the road for two games in a row in the same week," said Durant coach Cristy Dufur. "The top two teams are Catoosa and Fort Gibson and we need to lock up that third spot for a chance to go to the playoffs."
The Lady Lions will host Coweta Tuesday before hitting the road against Stillwell and Westville. If they can get past Coweta, they can end the season with two teams that have less than three years of combined experience. The only problem is the games are scheduled Thursday and Friday, which will test Durant's endurance.