MuskogeePhoenix.com, Muskogee, OK

March 28, 2014

Fort Gibson, Hilldale boys advance to tourney final


Phoenix staff report

— WAGONER — David Saunders will get his first taste of his team’s biggest rivalry tonight.

Both Saunders’ Hornets and the Fort Gibson Tigers advanced through the preliminary rounds to make tonight’s championship game and in the Wagoner Invitational soccer tournament and both will be coming in on defensive heads of steam.

 Hilldale beat the Fort Gibson JV 3-0 then blanked Wagoner 4-0. Fort Gibson beat Westville 6-0 and Victory Christian 4-0. The two will meet at 6 tonight, just prior to the 4:30 p.m. girls final.

Brian Martinez scored two goals, one on a penalty kick, and Hunter Woods had another in the first win. Two goals by Martinez and one each by Woods and Chase Staner comprised the offense in the second game.

Michael Breckon turned in his first two shutouts.

“I’ve been wanting us to have a clean sheet. I’m particularly pleased for him. He’s worked real hard,” said Saunders, who was frustrated after feeling like his team outplayed Wagoner but lost in a shootout on Tuesday.

“We’re playing well. Now I get my first taste of what Hilldale-Fort Gibson is about,” he said.

Fort Gibson (4-3) is ranked 10th in 4A, Hilldale (5-2) is 11th.

Todd Friend’s Tigers are playing equally well with four straight wins, all shutouts with Daniel Mielnik in goal.

“I really challenged them after we started 0-3 even though we’d lost to three top-10 teams (Cascia Hall and Skiatook in 5A and Catoosa in 4A) in a tough schedule I wanted for later down the road,” Friend said. “We had a lot of goals scored on us and we needed to start seeing some shutouts. Its pretty much the same defense we’ve had so far but we’re doing what we should be doing.”

Johan Chavez scored the only first-half goal against Westville and added two in the second half. Levi Ford had two goals and Broc Peterson had one.

Cru Whitlow and Zach Cobler and Yassine Kharrazi had first-half goals against Victory Christian. Wyatt Abbott added the other.

Before losing to Hilldale, Wagoner, finishing the day at 2-5, beat Summit 2-0 on goals by  Braxton Ross and Alex Wisdom.

Wagoner plays Victory Christian in a 3 p.m. match for third place.

On the girls side, No. 6 Fort Gibson (4-2) will face 11th-ranked Summit Christian in the finals at 4:30 p.m. after winning two games Thursday, both shootout wins. The Lady Tigers  were tied with Grove at 1-1 then won 3-1 in the shootout., Gabi Escamillia had a penalty kick in regulation and another penalty kick in the shootout. Shelby Nichols and Jordan Raynor each had goals. Jayme Hayes had three saves in goal.

The same three scored in the 3-0 shootout against Porter after both teams was scoreless at the half.

“I told the girls today we’ve got to find some offense,” said FGHS coach Jaime Snyder. “We’re doing everything right, in the right position, making right passes, we’re just not finishing. Defensively we’ve been scored on four times all year and three of those were on free kicks, so we’re holding our own on defense.”

No. 7 Hilldale’s girls came in to the tournament at 4-0 but fell for the first time, 5-2 to Summit Christian. Leah Gragg had both the Lady Hornet goals, those coming in the second half after trailing 2-0 at the half.

“I knew they had a strong group of girls but I didn’t feel we hustled very well and weren’t as aggressive as we should have been,” Hilldale coach Brent Breckon said.

In other girls action, Porter beat Westville 2-0 in a first-round game on goals by Kennedy Mathis off assists from Brieanna Henson and Kalli Jones. Wagoner beat Fort Gibson JV 6-0, getting two goals each from Kaylee Ray and Carrigan Kimball. The Lady Bulldogs (2-3) then lost to Summit Christian 2-1/

Porter and Wagoner play at 3 p.m. for third in girls action. Hilldale gets Fort Gibson’s JV at 9 a.m. with the winner playing in the 1:30 p.m. consolation final.