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May 7, 2014

FG girls dominate early vs. Westville

FORT GIBSON – Early dominance by the Fort Gibson Lady Tigers kept the Westville Lady Yellowjackets pinned in its own end for the first 10 minutes of regulation, leading to a 7-2 win in the Class 4A second-round match at Leo Donahue Tiger Stadium on Tuesday.

The Lady Tigers, 11-3 on the year and No. 3 in the 4A poll, move on and will face No. 2 Verdigris, who defeated Fort Gibson 3-0 in last year’s state championship match, on Friday with the time and venue to be determined.

“We felt that defensively they weren’t going to make many break throughs,” said Fort Gibson coach Jaime Snyder. “We did fairly well on defense early and we got support from our offense. Our offense really, really showed up tonight for us.”

Jordan Raynor managed to sneak through three Westville (8-5) defenders to put a shot into the back of the net six minutes into the game to open up scoring. She would score two more goals in the game to complete a hat trick. The second came at the 30 minute mark when she headed in a shot off of a corner kick, and the third found the net on a break in the Yellowjackets defense at the 12:31 mark to make it a 7-2 game.

Soon after the Lady Yellowjackets finally got the ball into Lady Tigers’ territory, Brooke Benham began her hat-trick performance by sending a twisting shot through heavy traffic into the back of the net for an early 2-0 lead with 30:06 left in the first half. She scored again 12 minutes later when she connected on a shot from 37 yards out that soared past Westville goal keeper Torii Crittenden, making it 4-0. Four minutes after that she chested a shot into the goal on a corner kick to make it a 5-0 game, ending the first-half scoring for Fort Gibson.

“We took the wind in the first half so we could get on them early, and we did just that,” Snyder said. “We made some big hustle plays and really dominated early. The reason this team is so effective is that you cant shut down one girl and be done. We have multiple girls that can handle business, and we gave a strong team effort.”

Westville scored their first goal on Shaden Snyder’s penalty kick with 10:03 left in the game, after Raelee Waltman who received a yellow card earlier in the game, fouled her in the box. Then the Lady Yellowjackets found the net in the second half with 24:26 left when Sarah Snyder sent an awkward shot from the ground that snuck into the Lady Tigers net.

Shaye Hatchette also added a goal on a shot into the upper right pocket on a one-on-one faceoff with the Lady Yellowjackets’ keeper.

“We are excited to start off the playoffs like this,” said the Fort Gibson coach. “We have some little things to fix. But we are hoping to make another big run.”

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