Pawhuska’s high school soccer season reached its conclusion Monday when the Lady Huskies a 4A-8 match at Verdigris, 5-0.
The district-leading Lady Cardinals improved to 13-2 on the season and maintained a perfect 8-0 mark in the district. The PHS girls dropped to 3-4 in the district and 5-7 on the year.
During the 2017 campaign, the young Pawhuska squad struggled to score points. After graduating its top three scorers a year ago, the PHS squad’s 18-player roster included a dozen freshman and sophomores.
Last Thursday, the Lady Huskies lost to the Oologah-Talala Lady Mustangs, 7-2, in another District 4A-8 contest. That match was supposed to have been played in Pawhuska, but a rain-drenched field at Beach Memorial Stadium forced it to be moved to the artificial surface of Mustangs Stadium.
After falling behind early, 2-0, the coach Giovanie Soliano’s Lady Huskies tied the match with goals by freshmen Avery Perrett and Leah Strahm. The Lady Mustangs regained the lead on a penalty kick five minutes before halftime.
“(Goalkeeper) Jordan (Kitchel) got a hand on it, but it ricocheted in,” coach Giovanie Soliano said.
Oologah added four more goals in the second half, while the Lady Huskie offense sputtered.
The same evening, Verdigris had claimed a battle of 4A-8 unbeatens. The Lady Cards improved to 7-0 in district and 12-2, overall, with a 5-2, at Claremore Sequoyah. The defeat dropped the Lady Eagles to 6-1, 12-2, and bumped them into second place. Oologah (5-2, 9-4) was alone in third.
Pawhuska was 5-6 for the season and had a 3-3 district mark. The Lady Huskies were tied with Miami (3-3, 5-7) and Grove (3-3, 5-4) in the district standings, were also 3-3 in the district, standings and 5-6 on the season.
PHS’s rained-out match against Riverfield was cancelled, since its outcome would not affect the Class 4A playoffs’ scenario.
Verdigris: 8-0 … 13-2
Sequoyah: 7-1 … 13-2
Oologah: 5-2 … 9-4
Miami: 3-4 … 5-8
Grove: 3.2 … 5-4
Pawhuska: 3-4 … 4-6
Riverfield: 1-4 … 1-5
Commerce: 1-6 … 1-12
Webster: 0-7 … 2-12