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April 16, 2014

BA surges past MHS

BROKEN ARROW – In a battle for second place in District 6A-3, it was the Broken Arrow Tigers that protected their home field, defeating the Muskogee Roughers 5-1 on Tuesday.

With the loss, the Roughers fall to 5-3-1 on the year, 3-2 in district. The Tigers improve to 5-3, 3-1 in league play.

“We just got stuck in a situation where we were defending,” said Muskogee coach Shawn Riley. “(Broken Arrow) is a good, solid team. I just think we weren’t prepared to play.””

Muskogee’s first chance at a goal came in the fifth minute when Carlos Martinez wrestled the ball away from  BA defender Noah Stieber and blasted a shot on net that Tigers’ goalkeeper Eric Smith was able to corral. Two minutes later, Muskogee’s Shay Hoog committed a foul in the penalty box and Michael Reecher took the penalty kick. MHS goalkeeper Jose Villeda almost made the stop but had it deflect off his hands in into the upper right portion of the net, giving the Tigers a 1-0 advantage.

“I lose my temper really easy,” Villeda said. “I’ve been really good at it but whenever I know I can get a shot and I don’t get it, it just kind of like gets to me.”

The Roughers knotted the score at 1-1 in the 31st minute when Martinez sent in a deep pass from center to left. David Espinoza corralled the pass and blasted a shot past Smith for the goal.

“We weren’t calmed down, we were trying to play too fast,” Espinoza said. “We weren’t playing our best game tonight. Whenever you don’t have a good game, things don’t go your way, But they were the better team tonight.”

At that point it looked like Villeda was still suffering a hangover from the penalty kick because the Tigers recaptured the lead one minute later.

K.B. Harris headed in a free kick from Brandon Hatfield to make the score 2-1. Broken Arrow would score its final goal of the half in the 34th minute when Keegan Sanders sent a shot past Villeda to make the score 3-1.

The Tigers first goal of the second half came on their second penalty kick of the match. Hatfield took the free shot and drilled it past Villeda into the lower left corner to make the score 4-1. BA’s final goal occurred off a header by Sam Crider with 12:33 left in the match.

“I could just feel it, everyone giving up,” Villeda said. “I gave up, I’m not going to lie. But we just have to keep fighting.

For the match, the Roughers attempted seven shots, four on goal while Broken Arrow had 19 shots. In the second half, the Tigers kept the Roughers pinned so deep in their own end that Smith didn’t even have a save.

“We just couldn’t get out of our 18-yard box,” Riley said. “They’re a high level, playoff team. We got a little over confident with our early success and when we had a little adversity, we didn’t respond.”

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