Lady Huskies’ soccer season on line in Thursday match at Miami

Mike ErwinJournal-Capital
Lady Huskies’ soccer season on line in Thursday match at Miami

The Pawhuska Lady Huskies will try to complete a return from postseason oblivion Thursday when they go on the road to face the Miami Lady Wardogs in a district match to determine which team gets a shot at playing their way into the Oklahoma Class 4A High School Soccer Tournament.

With four straight victories (including two last week), the PHS girls need a Thursday victory at Miami to earn a play-in match for the Class 4A state soccer tournament.

Pawhuska scored eight goals during a 10-minute stretch of the opening half in last Thursday’s home triumph, 10-0, over district foe Commerce. The Lady Huskies also celebrated “Senior Night” — recognizing PHS dynamic trio of four-year players — Ashley Youngwolfe, Andie Sweeden and Macy Hurd.

Keylee Kirk put PHS in front nine minutes into the match when she chipped in the first of her four goals. Two minutes later, Macy Hurd made it 2-0 with a follow shot after a save on another Kirk kick. Karissa Hughes needed only 24 seconds to score the next two Pawhuska points as she hit her first from 10 yards out before connecting from slightly further away to make it a 4-0 contest with 27:17 left in the half. Sarah Phillippi assisted on the second Hughes’ goal.

Less than a minute later, Kirk struck again following a Phillippi corner kick. Kirk made it 6-0 just before the 25-minute mark and then rang up her fourth goal with 23:04 remaining. With the seven-point cushion, PHS coach Giovannie Soliano began to substitute freely. Sweeden scored two minutes later and Jenna Shulenberger gave the Lady Huskies a 9-0 lead eight minutes before halftime.

Pawhuska barely missed ending the match on a last-second shot in the first half. After playing nearly 29 minutes of the second half, Genie Herren hit the clinching goal on a follow after a near miss by Danae Laird. Freshman Jordan Kitchel was starting goalkeeper for PHS and another ninth-grader, Star Sweeden, took over to complete the team’s second straight home shutout. Sarah Phillippi recorded two assists for Pawhuska, while Kyleigh Riebel and Herren had one each.

On Thursday, the Huskies will need a win at Miami if they aregoing to have a chance at qualifying for this year’s 4A state tournament. Kickoff for the district showdown between the PHS girls (6-3, 2-2) and the Lady Wardogs (6-4, 2-1) is set at 5 p.m. The winning team will likely have a May 1 play-in match against the runner-up from District 4A-8 (Wagoner, Mannford or Victory Christian) with the victor advancing to the state tournament.

Pawhuska won a play-in match at Miami on April 23, 2012 — in the initial season of state-sanctioned soccer competition. The then-freshmen Hurd, Sweeden and Youngwolf all saw action as the Lady Huskies defeated the Lady Wardogs, 4-0. In fact, Hurd scored one of the goals and Sweeden started both halves in goal. Defender Youngwolfe was credited with a pair of steals. Three nights later, PHS lost a heartbreaker at Catoosa, 2-1.