A goal off a corner kick midway through the second half was enough to see the Ft. Gibson Tigers past the Grove Ridgerunner soccer team Tuesday night at Tiger Stadium in a 1-0 final for the 4A-3 district game.
Tuesday’s contest featured a battle between two 4A top-ten teams as Ft Gibson (7-1, 1-1) entered the game ranked number seven with the Ridgerunners (4-3, 1-1) holding down the number nine spot.
“It was a tough and tight game,” said GHS Soccer Head Coach Sean Botts. “I thought we played well. We had some chances to score in the first half but we didn’t get it done.
“To score on a corner kick is all about timing and they (Ft Gibson) made a great play,” Botts said.
The second half score by the Tigers snapped a six-half shutout streak for the GHS defense that dated back to the first round of the Oologah Tournament from earlier this month.
“Our defense continued to played really well,” Botts said. “In the last three and a half games we’ve only given up one point.”
GHS senior goalkeeper John Meggyes recorded 12 saves Tuesday.
“Offensively, our passing game looked good,” Botts said. “We had a number of shots on goal- especially in the first half- but we couldn’t convert.
“They (Ft. Gibson) had a good defensive game plan and they played well,” Botts added.
Conditions on the pitch Tuesday were good considering a thunderstorm had passed through earlier in the day.
“It was a little slick and muddy but not too bad,” Botts said. “The kids said it was perfect conditions for their cleats. Anyway, both teams had to play on the same field.”
The result from Tuesday evened the Ridgerunner district record but the Grove squad will have an opportunity to push that above .500 when they travel to Heavener this Friday.
“Our district is evenly matched,” Botts said. “We beat Westville (earlier in the season) and then Westville beat Ft. Gibson and now Ft. Gibson beat us.”
Last year GHS defeated Heavener 4-0 at Ridgerunner Stadium.
“We need to beat Heavener. We need to have two good practices and be ready to play,” Botts said. “Every game in this district you’ve got to be ready to play.”
Heavener currently resides in the cellar of 4A-3 with an 0-2 district record.
“They (Heavener) are better than their district record,” Botts said. “They’re competitive and lost both of their district games by one point.
“They’ll be good but we’ll match up with them and be ready for it to go to the wire,” Botts said.
Start time for Friday is 4:00 p.m. with the Lady Red game preceding the Ridgrunners. The Lady Red dropped a 5-1 decision to the Lady Tigers Tuesday.