Soccer isn't usually a sport known for fast starts. Shawnee certainly got a fast start in their 5-1 win over Harrah in their home opener Tuesday. The win improved Shawnee to 2-0 on the season.
Less than a minute into the game, Tommy Leach had a great shot attempt that was saved. However, one minute and thirteen seconds into the game, Josh Floyd beat the keeper who had come off of his line to make the score 1-0 Shawnee.
But the Wolves weren't ready to settle in yet. Less than three minutes into the game, Tommy Leach chipped a shot over the Harrah keeper into the back of the net to extend the lead to 2-0.
Shawnee continued to control the game in the first half. Even when Harrah had some offensive success, Sebastian Rodriguez came up with big saves. On one save, he gave up his body and took a shot in the ribs from a Panther attacker. He ended the game with eight saves on the night.
The Wolves' third goal came on a nice offensive effort. Floyd, found Kossi Kodoe at the top of the box and Kodoe pushed a pass to Harrison Blue-Hicks who shot the ball past the keeper for a 3-0 lead.
Kodoe found Blue-Hicks again for his second goal of the game and a 4-0 halftime lead.
Leach started the scoring and he also finished it when he scored with about 10 minutes left to make the final score 5-1.
Lady Wolves fall to Harrah
Shawnee struggled in their home opener Tuesday in a 3-0 loss to Harrah. The Lady Panthers are a strong fundamental team and they have good technical skills and footwork that helped them control the ball and keep Shawnee from having success on offense.
The two teams battled to a scoreless first half hour, but Harrah broke through with 7:40 left in the first half to take a 1-0 lead.
The score stayed there until Shawnee extended their offense to try to tie the game late but Harrah's counter attack was able to score two goals in the final ten minutes of the game to make it a 3-0 game.
Braunya Lewis surrendered three goals but she made two diving saves and gave up her body to stop another attack when she came off her line to defend the goal.
Both teams are back in action Friday at Choctaw.