MADILL— In the game of soccer, scoring opportunities come few and far between.

MADILL— In the game of soccer, scoring opportunities come few and far between.

For the Madill Wildcats, not being able to capitalize on their scoring chances doomed them as they fell to the Crooked Oak Roughnecks 2-1 to end their season.

After going 12-4 this season and winning the district 4A-3 title, Wildcats head coach Jose Cortes was proud of the way his team played from start to finish.

“We grew as a team this year, last year we thought we had the better, talented team but we didn’t because we didn’t come together,” Cortes said. “This year we were a team that played for each other and that is what took us this far.”

Hosting the quarterfinal matchup at Blake Smiley stadium, the Wildcats had been on a tear offensively during the playoffs, averaging three goals a game.

In the start of the first half the Wildcats were the more aggressive team, with the offensive trio of Isaac Martinez, Francisco Perez and Juan Hernandez attacking the Roughneck defense all half. The Wildcats looked to take the lead early in the first half when Martinez lined up just outside the box for a free kick, with Roughneck goalie Andres Fuentes having to stretch to make the save over the crossbar. On the ensuing Corner, again Martinez played it perfectly, but Perez was again denied by Fuentes.

Not capitalizing on their scoring opportunity, Roughnecks Juan Rodarte converted a turnover by the Wildcat defense into a goal four minutes later to take the 1-0 lead.

After half, the Wildcats added more pressure on the Roughnecks back line, with midfielders Dawson Hoedebeck and Saul Salinas setting up the front line with a plethora of through balls. 

Freshman sensation Perez would put the Wildcats on the board with 28 minutes left in the half,  when a poor throw in was stolen and scored by Perez. 

Perez scored five goals in his three postseason games to lead the Wildcats.

Playing with a new sense of energy after the goal, the Wildcats terrorized the Roughnecks back line for the rest of the game, taking 15 shots in the second half, seven of which were on goal.

In the most agonizing way, the Wildcats were denied three time within a minute, hitting the post all three times. Perez hit the right post in the 16th minute, followed by a header off a corner hitting the crossbar. Julio Gallo then moments later launched a shot outside of the box, passing the outstretched hands of Fuentes and hitting the left post.

Not scoring on those opportunities came back to bite the Wildcats with 5:50 remains in the game, a turnover by the Wildcats resulted in Rodarte’s second goal of the game.

“I am looking forward to maintaining our momentum, I know we are losing some seniors in Isaac (Martinez), Saul (Salinas) and others,” Cortes said. “We have some good freshman coming up that will help us out and I hope to be back here next year.”