(Kenny Felt/Special to the Tribune)
It's been a long time coming. But Fort Scott High School's soccer team won a Regional playoff game for the first time in the program's history Tuesday afternoon, beating Coffeyville 4-0 at Ellis Park.
The soccer program began in 2000. The Tigers had never had a home playoff game until two seasons ago. But they lost in 2009 to Paola in double overtime as darkness overcame the pitch. Last season, they lost to Baldwin.
Now, the soccer program moves on to a second-round game Friday after it's school-record 12th victory of the season.
"Eleven years," Fort Scott head coach Kevin Gray said. "I played four years; three years coaching now. It definitely feels great."
The fourth-seeded Tigers were able to take advantage of the strong south wind at its back in the first half, scoring three of their four goals. The Golden Tornado (9-7) decided to keep close tabs on leading scorer Don Savage, shadowing him and occasionally double-teaming him.
What the Nado forgot was that the Tigers have other scorers. Wyatt Hulbert scored the first two goals. The first was on a penalty kick in the 16th minute of play. The second occurred in the 33rd, his 17th of the season.
Roger Rodriguez scored the third goal in the 35th minute when his free kick curved in the breeze, glanced off a Coffeyville defender and went into the goal.
David Goff scored the Tigers' second half goal off an assist by George Bautista in the 73rd minute.
Rodriguez stepped up after making a switch to a new position on short notice due to the loss of another player.
"We had to throw someone in (at center back)," Gray explained. "Roger's never played the spot before. It's the hardest spot on the field to play. We asked (Monday) at practice, 'Hey, can you play that spot?' and he said, 'Sure. Put me in there.' He stepped up perfectly.
"And then we had Katrina Yakel, William Bush, a couple of players who hadn't gotten as many minutes but with Roger moving back, we had to slide them in. It was a great team win."
The Tigers will travel to top seed Spring Hill (14-3) Friday for a 5:30 p.m. contest. The Broncos defeated Louisburg 6-0 Tuesday.
|Team stats||Coffeyville||Fort Scott|
|Shots on goal||6||10|
C -- Shae Woods (9 shots, 3 goals allowed, 3 saves), Paige Porter (71st min., 1 shot, 1 goal, 0 saves). FS -- Brett Allen (6 shots, 0 goals, 6 saves).
FS -- Hulbert (unassisted), 16th min.
FS -- Hulbert, 2 (unassisted), 33rd min,
FS -- Rodriguez (free kick), 35th min.
FS -- Goff (Bautista), 73rd min.