TULSA — Miami scored early but couldn’t do it again during a 2-1 loss to Tulsa Kelley in a second-round Class 5A soccer match Friday night at Angelo Prassa Field.
“We had our chances, we really did,” Miami coach Dave Bates said. “But to be honest, they were more skilled than we were. We played as hard as we could play. If we had been a little lucky, we might have had one. But tonight was their game.”
Skylar Shephard connected for the Wardogs in the 13th minute.
However, sophomore Max Moller hammered home the tying goal with 15:30 left in the half for the Comets.
Senior midfielder Ryan Yarnell scored what turned out to be the game winner just over five minutes into the second half.
“Their goalie (Matt Henry) did a great job,” Bates said. “They are a very well coached team. Coach Bradshaw (Kelley’s Donivan Bradshaw) is a great coach.”
“We went down a goal, but kept our composure,” Bradshaw told the Tulsa World. “Defensively, we had to do a good job. To go down a goal and win 2-1, it’s a great feeling as a coach.”
The Comets (15-1) play at Oklahoma City Capitol Hill Tuesday in a semifinal battle. Capitol Hill advanced with a 2-1 win against Durant.
Tulsa Washington and Oklahoma City Northwest play in the other semifinal. The Hornets beat Tulsa Rogers 3-1 while Northwest slipped by Lawton MacArthur 2-1.
Bates figures it will be Kelley and Washington in the finals.
“They are 1-2 in the state and we’ve played both of them,” he said. “They are both good teams. Right now, honestly I would give the edge to Bishop Kelley because their players are a little more skilled across the back and much faster.”