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KHS boys aiming to get healthy ahead of district soccer games

March 29, 2023 - 00:00
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  • KHS boys aiming to get healthy ahead of district soccer games
    JULIAN OROZCO (12) dribbles upfield during the Jackets’ loss to Catoosa Saturday in the OCS Invitational. [Photo by Chris Simon/]

Picking up wins is almost secondary to Kingfisher boys soccer coach Isaac Waltman.

He’s just trying to get a healthy team. The Jackets were without as many as five starters last weekend as they went 1-2 in the Oklahoma Christian School Invitational in Edmond.

The Jackets opened the tournament with a 3-0 loss to the host team on Friday night.

They came back early Saturday to knock off Verdigris 2-1 before capping it with an 8-1 defeat to Catoosa.

It was in that last game that KHS played without five starters due to various injuries.

Waltman would like to see the bulk of them return Thursday when the Jackets play at Harding Charter, but he also knows more important games follow that one.

“We have a long break after that one until district play starts,” Waltman said, noting the next game after Thursday is April 11.

That’s when the Jackets start their fivegame District 3A-2 slate.

“I expect most of them to at least suit on Thursday after we see how they feel during practice this week,” Waltman said.

“If they are not feeling 100 percent yet, I’ll have them rest and recover until the district games.”

Zander Padilla scored the game winner against Verdigris on Saturday.

The Jackets took an early lead on Hayden Green’s goal 10 minutes in.

With the score tied late, Padilla netted his winner with three minutes remaining.

Aaron Delatorre scored the Jackets’ only goal against Catoosa.

The Jackets will enter Thursday’s contest with a 2-3 record.