SAND SPRINGS — Down 3-1 just after the midway point of the opening half, Shawnee fought back for a 5-4 district triumph over Sand Springs Tuesday night.
SHS opened the scoring six minutes in on a goal by Kossi Kodoe, assisted by Seth King.
The hosts proceeded to score three goals in the next 19 minutes to forge a 3-1 lead. A Lucas Gann unassisted goal five minutes before the intermission brought Shawnee within 3-2.
Tommy Leach of Shawnee, assisted by Josh Floyd, tied matters at 3 in the 43rd minute, only to have Sand Springs go up 4-3 in the 50th minute.
Fourteen minutes later, Tim Guptill’s free kick from 35 yards out produced a 4-4 deadlock.
It remained that way until the 70th minute when Gann, assisted by King, scored for the 5-4 advantage. Shawnee held the hosts scoreless the final 10 minutes.
Shawnee head coach Jason Merrell was elated with the win, which put Shawnee at 1-2 in the district and 8-3 overall.
“What a tough match,” Merrell said. “I am super proud of the way the kids focused and kept competing. There’s no easy match in the 6A district we’re in. It was just a huge district win.”
Shawnee goalkeeper Tristan Haddad was credited with eight saves. “He had some really good ones,” Merrell said.
Shawnee will be home Friday night opposite Sapulpa at 8 p.m.
In the girls game, Shawnee dropped a 1-0 decision to Sand Springs.