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The was plenty of exciting soccer at the championships of the “All Nations League” on Sunday.  El Tri of Guymon played in the league’s title game, held at Oklahoma Panhandle State University– Scott Puryear photos

 

**For Immediate Release**
GOAL! GOAL! GOAL! GOAL!
- by Scott Puryear of Aggie Sports on 10/25/05

Goodwell, OK - Sunday Soccer at Oklahoma Panhandle State University . . . “GOAL, GOAL, GOAL, GOAL” - the amplified words of the announcers, Joel Garcia and John Mesta, resonated from Carl Wooten Field for blocks. It was the third and final weekend of the “All Nations League” soccer tournament and Sunday’s championship game was a very exciting one.

The title game featured two teams made up of some excellent athletes and top soccer players. It was also for bragging rights between two cities in two different states. “El Tri” of Guymon, Oklahoma was quite prepared to win the championship, but a formidable opponent “Libertad” from Spearman, Texas stood in the way. In addition, a very nice trophy waited for the runner-up team and a HUGE one waited for the champions.

The contest began with a nice ceremony (on a nice day that got nicer) as both teams stood at attention in a straight line in observance to the recorded renditions of the national anthems of the United States, Guatemala and Mexico.

Libertad struck first with some strongly orchestrated teamwork resulting in a goal to put the Texans ahead 1-0 with 10:55 left in the first half. El Tri fought hard to tie the score, but each time they attacked the goal, Libertad responded with strong defense. At the break, Libertad clung to the 1-0 margin.

At halftime (and at different times during the game) several prizes were distributed to many of the 300 fans in attendance, as well as through some audience participation events. The prizes were furnished by OPSU and EPIC TOUCH.

Several people were introduced at halftime and perhaps the biggest round of applause went to Oklahoma Panhandle State’s president, Dr. Dave Bryant). On behalf of the school, Bryant consented to host the soccer games on three successive weekends, the fans appreciated it, and they let him know it.

The second half began with the same excitement as did the first half and both teams continued to handle the ball well and play a very physical brand of soccer. With 33:33 left in the game, Libertad increased their lead to 2-0 on a penalty kick. Immediately after, El Tri made one of their strongest attacks on the goal, but the Libertad defense would not hear of it and pounded back upfield. With 30 minutes remaining, Libertad scored again to make the score 3-0 . . . that’s the way it ended and Libertad had claimed the championship of the All Nations Soccer League.

There were plenty of honors to pass around at the conclusion of the tournament and Dr. Bryant was given the honor of being in charge of distributing the awards. Bryant was assisted by Teri Mora, OPSU Director of Hispanic Services.

Rafael Mendoza was honored as the leading scorer in the league with 22 goals, and El Tri picked up the consolation trophy and commemorative medallions for each player and coach. The final event of the closing ceremony was when the champions – Libertad – each picked up their own medals and celebrated in the middle of Carl Wooten Field with their huge league championship trophy.

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THE CHAMPIONS!  Team members and fans of LIBERTAD hoist their trophy after the victory in the “All Nations League” championships.  The tournament finals were hosted by Oklahoma Panhandle State University- Scott Puryear photo

 

 

 

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