The Ridgerunner soccer teams made it look easy Tuesday night at the Grove football stadium as the boys’ team defeated Heavener 4-0 and the Lady Red downed the Lady Wolves 10-0.
“I thought we played pretty well considering it was only our second time to be together since Spring Break,” boys head coach Sean Botts said.
The victories improve the GHS soccer records to 3-1 for the Ridgerunners and 1-2 for the Lady Ridgerunners.
The Lady Red spent the majority of their game hovering around the Heavener goal. After four strong shots on goal, and one goal waved off by the officials, the Lady Red struck at the 30:45 mark with a goal by Katy Schreiber.
Three minutes later Blair Thomas found the back of the net and the Lady Red were up by two.
With 18:45 left in the first half Bailee Tullis scored a goal from about 30 yards out to put the Lady Ridgerunners up 3-0.
Less than a minute later Thomas put in her second goal of the game and Schreiber followed suit ninety seconds later with a shot from over thirty yards out to put Grove up 5-0.
Schreiber notched up a hat trick with a goal at the 10:37 mark and in the final two minutes of the half Thomas recorded a hat trick of her own while scoring the seventh Lady Red goal of the first half.
Felicia Sawyers scored a goal early in the second half as the Lady Red continued to spend all of their time on the Heavener side of the pitch.
Tullis scored a second goal with 12:31 left in the game to put the Lady Red up 9-0.
Shae Scott scored the final Grove point with less than five minutes on the clock.
The Lady Red defense was as strong as their offense Tuesday night. Heavener didn’t cross into Grove territory until fifteen minutes into the first half. On the occasions that the Lady Wolves did venture into Grove space their trips were short as they were quickly sent back by Lady Red defenders. The Lady Wolves were never allowed to put a serious shot on goal.
In the boys’ contest the Heavener squad started the game aggressively on offense. Just over two minutes into the game Grove goalie Jon Meggyes recorded the first of his eight saves on the night. The Wolves kept the pressure on with another shot at the 34:10 mark but were again denied.
With 31 minutes left in the first half the Ridgerunners brought the ball down to the Heavener goal for an extended stay. Grove’s Wade Unruh put a shot on goal that came close. Jeremy Hicks, Reid Harding, and Walker Botts conspired together to come close to a Grove score.
With twenty-two minutes left in the first half Botts had a coming together with the Heavener goalie that put both players on the ground.
The Ridgerunners kept the pressure on with four more shots on goal before finally breaking through at the 8:52 mark with a score by Takaya Iwasaki. Iwasaki’s shot came from close to thirty yards out and just slipped through the Heavener goalie’s hands at the top of the net.
Sensing blood in the water the Ridgerunners ganged up on the Wolves for the remainder of the half and with 2:13 on the clock Hicks scored the second Ridgerunner goal with a shot from 15 yards out. The Ridgerunners put three more shots on goal in the final two minutes of the half.
The Wolves began the second half as they had begun the first, menacing the Ridgerunner net. But the Ridgerunners performed a nice looking break away with Harding, Botts, and Britton Bechtel taking the ball from one end of the pitch to the other with Botts ending the run with a goal recorded at the 37:30 mark.
The Ridgerunners put up another goal four minutes later when Unruh placed a well-aimed shot into the Heavener net on a penalty kick to move Grove ahead 4-0.
The Wolves responded with a nice charge on the Grove goal but Meggyes turned them away four times from the 30:00 mark to 28:42.
By now some frustration was settling in on the part of the Wolves and a couple of Heavener players received yellow cards.
The Wolves managed to put a few more shots on goal but Grove always had the measure of their opponent. The Ridgerunners came close to scoring again with a couple of close shots by Harding and Bechtol in the latter part of the second half.
“We’re very pleased to get the shutout,” Botts said. “I liked that we had balanced scoring with four different guys scoring four goals.”
The large Ridgerunner lead allowed for many players to get some valuable varsity experience Tuesday night.
“We got to play seven different guys on the back line and that was good for us,” Botts said.
The Ridgerunners travel to Westville this Friday for a match with the Yellow Jackets. Last year the boys’ team dropped a tough 1-0 decision to the ‘Jackets and many on the team are eager to avenge that loss. The girls’ game is set to begin at 5:00 with the boys scheduled for 7:00.
The Ridgerunners return home April 1st for a date with Ft. Gibson. Start times are 5:00 for the girls and 7:00 for the boys game.