Poteau Hoping For Return Trip To Semis

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Poteau finds itself in a familiar position.

The Pirates are taking on Oolagah in the 4A quarterfinals in the soccer playoffs. Poteau rolled through the regular season, going 13-1 including a win against top ranked Fort Gibson.

“I feel really good about the playoffs,” Zack Roebuck said. “I feel like this is the team that if it’s going to happen, its going to happen this year. The leading group of seniors is just outstanding this year.”

Poteau was behind just once all season long but found themselves down to Verdigris last week m idway through the first half. The Pirates quickly responded and then pitched a shutout to survive and advance.

“I’m really proud of the way we responded to those goals because it can be pretty detrimental to get scored on, first especially to be down,” Grant Scowden said. “If you don’t keep your head clear and you don’t come back after something like that then you could end up losing the whole game if you don’t change the momentum of things.”

Poteau travels to Oolagah Friday (May 3) with a chance to return to the semi-finals for the second straight season.

“They’ve always been a good team,” Justin Barnes said. “Every time we play them it is always a one goal, two goal game. Last year we beat them off in the playoffs. It was 2-1, was close game and that’s what I’m expecting this year.”

Poteau and Oolagah both entire with a 13-1 record but their style of play couldn’t be more different.

“Tomorrow night will be us imposing our game. We know how to play,” Poteau coach Neto Silva said. “We pass the ball and we just make it happen. It will be a possession game versus a physical game so let’s see if the skill wins.”