CPHS Soccer: Sandites edge Enid 1-0 in playoffs

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The Charles Page High School boys’ soccer team (13-2) won their first-round playoff game against Enid (9-7) Wednesday night at Veterans Memorial Stadium. The match was their third-straight win and fifth shut out of the season.

A rematch of a non-district 2-1 Sandite overtime win from mid-March, the game was chippy from the very beginning with the Plainsmen earning four yellow cards over the course of the night. Marcos Arambula and David Garcia received one yellow card apiece, and Miguel Garcia received his second in the 62nd minute, leaving his team one man short.

Gustavo Saldana split the uprights 27 minutes in and Fernando Saldana had a shot saved in the 30th. With eight minutes left in the half Angel Esparza took a corner kick and the Plainsmen were called for a handball in the box. Fernando Saldana sank the penalty kick for the only point of the night.

Luke Jeffus took a penalty kick with two minutes left in the half, but Angel Neri made the save. Kaleb Brooks got off a pair of shots in the final two minutes, sending one just over the top of the goal, and one into Neri’s arms.

Jack Bratcher made a pair of quick drives downfield early in the second half, but was beat to the kick by Neri the first time, and was fouled by David Garcia the second time. Gustavo Saldana took a direct free kick from the 18-yard line but split the uprights.

Sandite goalie Ethan Tippit had several impressive saves in the second half. Neri also stopped shots from Gustavo Saldana and Kaiden Cox.

In the final thirty seconds Ivan Delgadillo sent a shot a hair wide, Brayan Rodriguez sent a corner kick to Fernando Marrufo, and Marrufo’s header missed right as time expired.

The Sandites will return to action Friday at 8:00 p.m. when they travel to nationally-ranked No. 3 Jenks (15-0-1). The Trojans recorded their tenth shutout of the season and fifth-straight shutout with an overtime golden goal penalty kick, 1-0 against Norman (11-4).

Goals
14 Fernando Saldana
7 Jack Bratcher
5 Gustavo Saldana
4 Luke Jeffus
1 Miguel Munoz
1 Kaiden Cox
1 Angel Esparza
1 Gustavo Franco
1 Dawson Quinton
1 Cameron Summerton
1 Kaleb Brooks

PKs
4 Fernando Saldana
3 David Fancher
2 Luke Jeffus
2 Gustavo Saldana
1 Kaiden Cox
1 Cameron Summerton

Total Scoring
18 Fernando Saldana
7 Jack Bratcher
7 Gustavo Saldana
6 Luke Jeffus
3 David Fancher
2 Kaiden Cox
2 Cameron Summerton
1 Miguel Munoz
1 Angel Esparza
1 Gustavo Franco
1 Dawson Quinton
1 Kaleb Brooks