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Shawnee boys nab first win of the season in shootout

Brian Johnson
Sports Editor
Shawnee High School's Daniel King (18) controls the soccer ball while looking for a teammate to deliver a pass to Monday night against Choctaw at Jim Thorpe Stadium.

George Coons made two diving stops of shootout penalty kicks as the Shawnee High School boys' soccer team secured its first victory of the season Monday night against Choctaw at Jim Thorpe Stadium.

The two teams were deadlocked at 1-1 through regulation before the teams immediately went to the shootout phase.

The Wolves, who improved to 1-2 on the season, matched Choctaw through the first two shootout rounds as Daniel King tallied the first Shawnee score with a shot to the upper-left corner of the net. After Choctaw was again successful on its second shootout try, Luke Waddell beat the Yellowjacket goalkeeper with a shot to the lower right side of the net.

On Choctaw's third attempt, Coons made a diving save to his left before the Wolves' Chase McIver delivered a shot inside the lower-right portion of the net to give Shawnee a 3-2 edge through in the shootout through three rounds.

Again, Coons made a diving stop to his left in the fourth round and Levi Mussman sealed the victory with a shot to the lower-left part of the net to launch his team's celebration.

“We played a lot better. We're a young team and the more we play, the more we seem comfortable,” said Shawnee coach Sebastian Barahona. “A lot of our kids are coming out of rec (recreational) soccer so it's matter of them trusting their skills.”

Barahona praised the efforts of Coons, who not only saved the two shootout kicks, but had five saves in regulation.

“It's the first time he has been a starting goalkeeper this year. He looked like a pro out there,” Barahona said.

The Wolves took a 1-0 advantage in the 26th minute when Michael Wood took a through ball at the right side of the penalty area from Mussman and beat the Choctaw goalie with a shot to the lower-right side of the net.

The Yellow Jackets then tied it up in the 35th minute to force a 1-all deadlock at halftime. That 1-1 score then stood up until the end of regulation.


A handball in the penalty area led to a penalty kick in the 77th minute as the Bombers escaped with the win on Friday night.

For the second straight match, the Wolves surrendered a goal in the first minute.

However, Shawnee tied it up in the 10th minute when Wood scored off a King assist.

The next action for the Wolves will be Thursday at Harrah.