TULSA — Finishing off scoring chances will be a must for Miami as it battles second-ranked Tulsa Kelley in a second-round Class 5A boys’ soccer playoff game Friday night at Angelo Prassa Field.
Second-ranked Kelley (14-1) advanced with a 3-0 victory over Catoosa on Tuesday — its 12th shutout of the season.
Senior Max Moller had two goals and junior Kyle Craft added another for the Comets.
"I have talked with the Catoosa coach (Brent Crenshaw) and he says Kelley is very skilled with fast players both in the back and at the forward positions," Miami coach Dave Bates said. "Most, if not all, of their players will be competitive club team players which means that they will be experienced and skilled."
Kelley lost 3-0 to Tulsa Washington in the 5A finals last year and its only loss so far this season was a 1-0 loss to Tulsa East Central in the finals of the Kelley tournament in early March.
The Comets avenged the loss with a 3-1 decision on April 21.
That was one of only three goals allowed by Kelley all season.
"Kelley has a tradition of good teams with several state championships in their history," Bates said. "They are very tough at home. We will have to play our best to stay with them and hopefully we will put some of the chances that we have been missing in the goal on Friday."
The Wardogs posted a 3-2 victory over Collinsville in a first-round battle Tuesday at waterlogged Ed Craig Field.
Much of the match was played in a heavy downpour.
"It was terrible," Bates said. "With the field covered with water, it was the equivalent of playing basketball where the ball would not bounce. All year we have worked on ball control and passing, but with the water we were forced to go to an air game which was contrary to everything we have practiced. It is a tribute to the boys’ ability that they were able to ‘adapt and overcome’ (which is an old Marine slogan)."
Tyler Sourjohn’s goal with 3:59 left in the second overtime period lifted the Wardogs past Collinsville.
Three of the first four goals of Tuesday’s mudbath came in the initial 19:16.
Junior forward Quentin Quiroz took a pass from Butch Flick to get Miami on the board with 4:29 gone.
Collinsville’s Tommy Her tied the match at 33:33, then gave the Cards their only lead about 10 minutes later.
Senior forward Skyler Shepherd tied the match at 2-2 with 7:11 until intermission.
The win was Miami’s first in post-season play since 2005, when it beat Tulsa Washington 2-1 in the first round.
Jim Ellis, 542-5533, ext. 3052