COMMERCE — For the third straight year, Commerce bumped off the Miami boys in high school soccer action.
A 3-1 win in 2017 was Tigers’ first-ever against MHS, then they made a second-half Jose Covarrubias goal stand up for a 1-0 victory last year.
They did it again Tuesday, April 9 with a 4-2 decision on Tiger Field.
“That’s just a microcosm of our season,” Miami coach David Douthit said. “We had two great chances early — one was an open goal — and we don't score, then they rattle off three.
“Kudos to them.”
CHS (7-3) broke out the lead by scoring three times in the span of 23 minutes in the first half, then made it 4-0 five minutes into the second.
The Wardogs finally got on the board at 29:14 and scored again with 6:12 remaining.
Salvador Martinez had two of the Tigers’ goals and Gabriel Gonzalez and Ty Jauert added one each.
Reagan Allemann and Gage Harris accounted for the Wardogs’ scoring.
“Given the familiarity of the kids at both schools, there is a natural friendly rivalry,” Commerce coach John Medlin said. “Miami is always one of the most skilled and well coached teams we play. Year in and year out, they allow us to measure the progress of our program. We are blessed to have an incredible group of players that are also extremely skilled and work very hard.
“Their efforts continue to push the program forward where we can be competitive at this level.”
The Tigers are tied for first place in District 4A-8 with Tulsa Webster.
The Warriors (9-3) are 4-1 after a 4-0 win against Claremore Sequoyah Tuesday night and CHS stands 3-1.
Commerce and Webster battle in Tulsa on Friday, April 12.
Webster holds a 13-3 edge in marginal points.
“The boys played very well against Skiatook, but this was probably our most complete game of the season,” Medlin said. “Our defense had its best game despite the two goals.”
The Wardogs (6-6) dropped into a three-way tie for third in 4A-8 with Oologah and Skiatook. All are 3-2.
Miami has district games remaining against Langston Hughes on Tuesday, April 16, and Skiatook on Thursday, April 18.
Oologah has five marginal points, Skiatook four and Miami three.
“I’m sure they are disappointed, but I am confident they will bounce back strong and be in the thick of the playoffs,” Medlin said of the Wardogs. “Coach Douthit is as good a soccer coach as there is.”