Guy Ellis

The Miami Wardog soccer team scored three quick goals Thursday night to lay the groundwork for a 4-2 victory over Grove in a high school soccer match at the Grove football stadium.

“We came out flat against a really good team and they took advantage of our mistakes early,” Grove Head Coach Sean Botts said.

The loss puts the Grove team at 2-1 on the season.

There was no girls’ game scheduled last Thursday.

Miami managed to put up three goals inside the first ten minutes of the contest Thursday evening.

Skyler Shepherd scored Miami’s first goal at 35:54, and then Tyler Brown connected at 34:52.

Daniel Rasor continued the Miami streak when he scored at the 33:45 mark on a header after taking a corner kick.

Grove fought back and put up their first goal of the evening just minutes later when senior Evan Robinson found the back of the net after an assist from senior Britton Bechtol.

Miami scored their final goal on a penalty kick by Shepard with just over 20 minutes left in the game.

With less than a minute remaining in the contest Grove senior foreign exchange student Takaya Iwasaki put in a goal with sophomore Walker Botts assisting.

“The last 73 minutes we played well,” Botts said. “We never gave up and we never quit fighting. The proof of that is scoring so late against a good team.”

The win moves Miami to 2-0 for the season. The Wardogs battle Tulsa East Central in Miami on March 24.

The Ridgerunners host Heavener Tuesday March 25 at the football stadium. The girls’ game is set to begin at 4:00 with the boys’ game following afterward.

“Hopefully we can get back on the right track before we play Heavener,” Botts said.

2008 marks the first season for the Heavener soccer program. Initial indications reflect that the program has come up to speed nicely with the aid of four experienced league players.