SuperCats Soccer Brings Home Hardware from Unified State Games
On Wednesday, 12 members of the Southmoore Men’s Soccer program got up early and joined up with their teammates from the SuperCats squad to travel to Owasso, Oklahoma to compete in the Special Olympics Unified State Soccer Tournament. The athletes have been training and preparing relentlessly for the competition, even bringing in the pros from Energy FC to run a training session.
Upon arrival in Owasso, the athletes were eager to get going and they were afforded that opportunity almost immediately after the first game was earlier than expected. The kids jumped off the bus and onto the field, but the quick start did little to deter the attacking prowess of the SuperCats. At the final whistle of the quarter-final, the SuperCats were on top by a score of 4-2 over Catoosa. The semi-final match brought on Mustang High School. Again, the SuperCats came out on top by a score of 3-1. Statistically, the team was performing well. Tatum and Dakota had a combined 17 saves in the two matches, splitting time in goal both matches. Will was a midfield maestro, racking up assists and dominating the middle of the park with a relentless defensive work rate. “Will has become known as ‘The New Kante’ and our goalkeeping duo of Tatum and Dakota reminded us of the Energy FC keeper tandem of Laurendi and CJ Cochran,” said a pleased SuperCats head coach, Cindy Sandoval, “And Shelden was absolutely incredible in the back. It was easy to see that she has been learning from her mentor and good friend, Richard Dixon, from OKC Energy.” Isaac “Ibra” Myers was in absolute stellar form on the day, racking up a total of 7 goals in 3 games, etching his name forever into the record books as top scorer in SuperCats Soccer history. When asked about his achievement, Isaac said, “It’s the most goals ever! I scored 7 goals today!”
For their last match of the day, the SuperCats found themselves in the state final of the Unified Games. Down by a goal late in the game, the SuperCats piled on the pressure. Shelden “Dixon” Smith began attacking up the wings out of the back and linking up well with Christopher “Mkhi” Scipione. With the support of Caleb “Messi” Wells, the team was all the opposition could handle. Isaac “Ibra” Myers and Will “Kante” Scott went close several times with thumping efforts from long range, but luck wouldn’t fall their way. Despite a valiant effort, the post saved the other team on two occasions and the SuperCats fell in the final by a score of 3-2.
At the end of the day, the SuperCats had nothing to hang their heads about and they didn’t. The celebrations at the trophy presentation were some for the ages, a group karaoke of “Let It Go” from the Frozen soundtrack being the cherry on top of a very successful day. Caleb “Messi” Wells was named MVP of the competition for the SuperCats and the squad was happy to add another piece of hardware to the trophy cabinet at Southmoore High School.
Dakota “De Gea” Johnson (Goalkeeper)
Isaac “Ibrahimovic” Myers (Striker)
Tatum “Neuer” Parks (Goalkeeper)
Christopher “Mkhitaryan” Scipione (Central Midfield/Winger)
Will “Kante” Scott (Central Midfield)
Shelden “Dixon” Smith (Center Back)
Caleb “Messi” Wells (Striker/Winger)