For the first time since 2004, Miami is hosting a first-round soccer playoff game.

The Wardogs entertain Collinsville today at 7 p.m. in a 5A match at Ed Craig Field.

The last time MHS opened at home was in 2004, when the Wardogs crushed Tulsa Rogers 10-0 in a preliminary round 4A game.

Miami’s last first-round win came in 2005 when they scored a 2-1 victory at Tulsa Washington.

Miami is back in the playoffs after missing last season.

The Wardogs finished as runner-up in District 5A-3, their lone setback a 1-0 loss to No. 1-ranked Washington.

“I am very comfortable with the way our team is right now,” Bates said. “About midway through the season, we started to improve. We have improved every game. Even though the scores didn’t always indicate it, we’re playing better soccer now.”

Collinsville (8-5) won its final three matches, including a 3-1 decision at Shawnee and a 3-2 victory at home against Pryor.

The Cards picked up a forfeit win over Tulsa Central on April 23.

“They are much improved this year,” Miami coach Dave Bates said. “They beat Bixby. we tied them in a tournament at Skiatook earlier this season. they are better than they’ve been in the past.

If the Wardogs win, their second-round match will be on the road against either Kelley or Catoosa.

“There is no way for us to get a home game,” Bates said.

Jim Ellis, 542-5533, ext. 3052

jim.ellis@miaminewsrecord.com