Enid’s girls soccer team made history Friday by beating Ponca City 1-0 to qualify for the Class 6A playoffs for the first time.
The Pacers (4-1, 9-2) will try to make more history tonight when they visit District 6A-4 co-leader Union (5-0, 11-0) at 6 p.m. with hopes of taking a step closer to a home playoff berth.
EHS can finish second in the district if it beats the Lady Redskins and co-leader Jenks beats Union Thursday. The Pacers would be third with a loss and be on the road for the first round.
“There’s no pressure on us,’’ said Enid head coach Craig Liddell. “We can go in there relaxed. We know it’s going to be tough, but that’s why you play the game. We’ll give it a good shot.’’
The Pacers fell just short against Jenks, 1-0 last week.
“That was exciting,’’ Liddell said, “but the girls realized we didn’t do anything. We showed we could play with a top team, but you have to win those games to get it done.’’
Union plays its home games in a soccer-only facility. The field is grass and 15 yards wider than the artificial turf of D. Bruce Selby Stadium.
“That makes for a more wide-open game,’’ Liddell said. “It does change the game. You have to be able to fill the passing lanes.’’
Sophie Holle broke her own school single-season scoring record with her 12th goal of the campaign in a 1-0 win over Ponca City Friday. Grace Enmeier recorded her sixth shutout of the season.
“Grace has played well, but we have had a great defense in front of her,’’ Liddell said. “It’s a combination of the two.’’
Enid’s back line defenders have been among the best in the state this season. The Pacers have allowed only five goals for a microscopic average of .45 goals against per game, which ranks second behind only Owasso and ahead of both Tulsa Union and Jenks.
Union has outscored opponents 44-8 this season. They have won the last three games against Enid by scores of 4-0, 3-0 and 5-1.
The Enid boys (2-3, 6-5) are in a three-way tie with Stillwater and Ponca City for fourth in the district, with Bixby a half-game behind.
If the Plainsmen upset Union (4-1, 6-2), they would be in control of their own destiny, but Liddell said Enid wouldn’t be out of the race with a loss.
Ponca City and Stillwater have yet to play each other. Stillwater must play Tulsa Washington (4-1), and Ponca still has Jenks (5-0). Bixby (2-4) is still in the mix.
Liddell said the final playoff spot could be determined by tiebreaker points. EHS hosts cellar-dweller Sapulpa on Friday.
“There’s a lot of ifs and buts,’’ Liddell said.
Union has outscored opponents 25-9 with its lone losses coming to Tulsa Washington, 2-1 and Norman North, 3-1.
Enid is led in scoring by Padro Braga with six goals and Felix Mora with five.
“If we can play good defense, we’ll be in the game,’’ Liddell said. “We just have to take advantage of our opportunities.’’