**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.