SHAWNEE – The Shawnee Wolves were on the bad end of another close game Friday in a 1-0 loss to Sapulpa at Shawnee Friday night.
“I feel like we were the better team and we should have won. Just never could get a rhythm,” coach Jason Merrell said.
The Wolves received two yellow cards in the heated game and Sapulpa's Colton Broughton received a red card.
Merrell felt like there were several missed calls, especially early in the game.
“I definitely felt that the first half was lopsided,” he said. “Things that they were doing weren't getting called... I had my word with the officials, but you've got to outplay the officials sometimes.”
Sapulpa's TJ Hale scored the only goal of the game on a corner kick assist with 33:49 left in the first half.
Kossi Kodoe and Seth King each had missed opportunities with 34:45 left before the break and King had a kick that sailed just over the goal with nine minutes left before going against the wind.
Sapulpa was one step ahead of Shawnee in the second half and struggled to get good looks outside of a shot early in by Tim Guptil.
Sapulpa's defense changed the way Shawnee typically plays, Merrell said.
“You've gotta give credit to their pressure, but... when we did have our chances, we just had bad touches on the ball,” he said.
The Wolves had nine shots on goal with seven in the first half and Sapulpa had nine with four in the first half.
Tristaan Haddad mad eight saves in the goal.
Nathan Bray left the game in the second half after taking an elbow to the chin. It was one of multiple malicious attacks.
“He got hit right in the jaw, Kossi got hit in the jaw, Lucas (Gann) got hit in the back of the head, Timmy got arm barred one time,” Merrell said.
Shawnee drops to an 8-4 record with three games left to play in the regular season. They host Edmond Santa Fe at 8 p.m. Tuesday.
“We've got to regroup and come play another tough team on Tuesday,” Merrell said.
The Shawnee girls had trouble getting the ball downfield in their game against Sapulpa and suffered an 8-0 loss.
Braunya Lewis made 15 saves and Sapulpa made 25 shots on goal.
Sapulpa scored their first goal of the game with 33:10 left in the first half and came through with another with 28:35 to go. They scored two goals in the first five minutes of the second half to go ahead 4-0 and made two goals on rebounds for the seventh and eighth goals.
Charis Montgomery, Hailey Satterfield and Trinity Citizen each got a shot off for Shawnee.
The Lady Wolves, now 5-7 on the season, host Edmond Santa Fe Tuesday at 6 p.m.