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Plainsmen’s playoff hopes hurt in 3-0 Union loss; Pacers routed 7-0

Published on NewsOK Modified: April 23, 2014 at 12:31 am •  Published: April 22, 2014

The Plainsmen’s soccer playoff hopes took another hit on Tuesday as Enid lost 3-0 to host Tulsa Union despite playing the Redskins to a 0-0 tie at half.

Union scored three times in the final 16 minutes, a penalty kick awarded to the Redskins putting Enid down 2-0 with 13 minutes remaining. Two Enid defenders challenged a Union forward for a loose ball just inside the 18-yard box on the play that resulted in the penalty.

“All three of them played the ball, but their kid fell,” said Enid head coach Craig Liddell, who noted the game’s physical play prior to the crucial foul hadn’t been called as close. “Instead of us battling to get the ball back, it was 2-0 and we were really struggling.”

Union added one more tally with eight minutes left as Enid tried to cut the deficit in half.

The Plainsmen (6-6, 2-4) enter the final week of their regular season needing to beat 6A-4’s bottom team, Sapulpa, and at least a Stillwater loss to advance to the playoffs. Union improved to 7-2 overall and 5-1 in 6A-4 play with the win.

A week after losing to No. 2 Jenks by a goal, the Pacers couldn’t give the state’s top team a test in a 7-0 loss on Tuesday. Enid (9-3, 4-2 in 6A-4) conceded its first goal 90 seconds in, let in a second shortly after and allowed two more in close succession just before halftime to trail the Lady Redskins (12-0, 6-0) 4-0 at intermission.

“Some poor defending for us where we’ve been strong all year,” said Liddell, whose Pacer team had allowed more than one goal only once this season in a 2-1 loss to Moore.

The Pacers remain in third place in 6A-4 and already clinched their first-ever playoff berth. Enid closes the regular season Friday at home against Sapulpa.