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May 3, 2014

Tigers cruise against Cushing

The Fort Gibson Tigers controlled the offensive end of the field in defeating Cushing 7-0 on Friday in a Class 4A play-in game.

The Tigers, 10-4 and No. 4 in 4A, were so dominating that senior goal keeper Daniel Mielnik was able to score on a penalty kick, his fourth goal of the season and third on a penalty kick.

“We took outside shots because they had six defenders in the back,” said Fort Gibson coach Todd Friend. “The main thing was we were able to put the ball in the back of the net tonight.”

Besides Mielnik’s goal, Zach Cobler had two goals while Zach Peterson, Levi Ford, Wyatt Abbott and Johan Chavez each had one tally.

Cushing finished at 4-5.

With the win, Fort Gibson moves on to the second round of the playoffs. The Tigers head to Victory Christian for their next match at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday.

On one of those nights when Mielnik doesn’t have many shots sent his way, he could still find ways to keep himself in the game. He used the time to control the defense.

“If there’s no action coming towards me, I use that time to  direct them and tell them about situations where the other team has an open passer,” he said. “For me, I can see the whole field and help to guide them through.”

The Tigers had things well in hand, racing out to a 3-0 advantage at the half. Peterson said that’s when he knew the match was over.

“We did a lot of passing and were physical,” Peterson said. “We tried to focus on spreading the field out a lot. Once we got up by three goals, we wanted to finish it right then.”

Now that the playoff opener is behind them, Fort Gibson can focus on Victory Christian. Mielnik knows that having defeated the Conquerors earlier this season 1-0 in the Wagoner tournament, and last year in the same position in the postseason, does not give them any advantage.

“We can’t underestimate an opponent,” Mielnik said. “You can’t take anything away from one single game because that happened a long time ago. So we’re just going to prepare for this as if it was a state title game.”

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