Richard Stroud

Grove Sun

GROVE – It wasn’t easy, and it may not have been pretty, but the Grove Ridgerunners finally picked up their first win of the soccer season in dramatic fashion Thursday night. Bobby Masri’s partially blocked shootout goal just made it over the goal line to give the Ridgerunners a 3-2 shootout victory over the Cardinals. Masri’s attempt was the fifth and final one for the Ridgerunners and broke a two-all tie in the shootout. A Cardinal miss on their final attempt sealed the win for Grove (1-5). The Ridgerunners, who went into Thursday night’s contest with just two goals scored on the season, couldn’t find the back of the night in regulation despite controlling the action for most of the final 15 minutes of the game. But Grove goalkeeper Tyler Troppman and the Ridgerunner defense were up to the task. Troppman needed only four saves on the night in recording the shutout. The Ridgerunners led the shootout 2-1 after the first three rounds as Andres Caratachea and Gabe Rodriguez both scored for Grove and two Cardinal shots missed the goal. But after a Grove miss and a Verdigris goal, Masri stepped up with the Ridgerunners’ last chance to pick up win number one. Grove will face a stern test on Tuesday when they travel to Tulsa to take on East Central. The Cardinals, ranked number two in 5A, are 4-0 on the season, having beaten previous number two Tulsa Washington by a score of 5-0.  Verdigris 4, Grove 0 (girls) Much as they did on Tuesday night against Claremore, the Lady Red managed to hold their opponent in check in the first half, only to see win number one get away in the final 40 minutes. After a scoreless first half, the Lady Cardinals’ Emily Hahn netted a second half hat trick, while her sister Abby recorded a shutout in goal for Verdigris’s first win of the season. Emily Hahn scored on a low left-footer less than two minutes into the second half for the first goal of the night, then scored again on a breakaway eight minutes later to double Verdigris’s lead. Eight minutes later Hahn completed her hat trick. Caitlyn Hanslovan added a late goal for the final margin. Grove (0-6) had several chances to score in the final 10 minutes of the game, but Abby Hahn was able to preserve the shutout with a pair of saves. Grove goalkeeper Morgan Knox had her second solid outing of the week, recording five saves.