CPHS Soccer: Undefeated Sandites survive shootout with Enid for eighth-straight win

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The Charles Page High School boys’ soccer team (7-0) came from behind once in regulation and once in an overtime shootout to defeat the Enid Plainsmen (2-2). They are riding an eight-match win streak dating back to the last game of the 2018 season.

Jhon Nieto gave his team the lead in the 16th minute of regulation and the Plainsmen held it for the majority of the game.

Finally, in the 68th minute, Luke Jeffus was fouled in the box and Gustavo Saldana netted the penalty kick to tie it up. As a non-district match, the teams skipped the overtime period and went straight to a best-of-five shootout to decide the winner.

Plainsmen goalie Angel Neri blocked a PK from Jeffus, and Ivan Delgadillo gave the visitors the lead. Alex Ramirez and Brayan Rodriguez also made PKs for the Plainsmen. Gustavo Saldana tied it at 1-1 and Fernando Saldana tied it at 2-2, but Jack Bratcher missed his kick and the Sandites trailed 3-2. A goal by Andrew Mora would have won the game for Enid.

Mora’s kick was on target, but Sandite keeper Ethan Tippit made the save and David Fancher tied it. The Plainsmen had one more shot to win it, but Tippit blocked Marcos Arambula to extend the shootout. After the first five kicks each team is only awarded one more apiece until someone takes the lead. Kaiden Cox gave the Sandites their first lead of the game, and Tippit blocked Fernando Marrufo to secure the win.

The Lady Sandite Varsity (5-2) lost their second match and first shutout of the season 2-0 to the Enid Pacers (2-2) and both Junior Varsity games ended in ties. The JV Girls are 2-1-3 after a scoreless 0-0 draw. The JV Boys tied 1-1 with the Plainsmen and are 1-0-2 on the year.

Sand Springs soccer will take a nearly two-week hiatus over Spring Break before kicking off district action Tuesday the 26th against their rivals from Sapulpa. The Lady Chieftains are 4-1 and the boys are 1-4.

CPHS Boys’ Season Scoring

Goals
6 Fernando Saldana
3 Luke Jeffus
3 Gustavo Saldana
2 Jack Bratcher
1 Miguel Munoz
1 Kaiden Cox
1 Angel Esparza
1 Gustavo Franco

Penalty Kicks Made
2 Gustavo Saldana
1 Kaiden Cox
1 David Fancher
1 Fernando Saldana

Total Scoring
7 Fernando Saldana
5 Gustavo Saldana
3 Luke Jeffus
2 Jack Bratcher
2 Kaiden Cox
1 Miguez Munoz
1 David Fancher
1 Angel Esparza
1 Gustavo Franco