, Muskogee, OK


June 13, 2014

ALL-STATE SOCCER: Big night for locals

Key goals scored by pair in 4A All-State

It was an offensive display for the East squad in the Class 4A All-State girls soccer game on Thursday on Creek Nation Field at Indian Bowl.

The East peppered the West goalkeepers with 32 shots on net, connecting on eight for an 8-2 win over the West.

Sequoyah Claremore’s Tana Dake led the way with three goals on 12 shots. Verdigris’ Caitlyn Hanslovan had two goals as did Hilldale’s Leah Gragg. But it was the shot that Gragg missed that she might remember most.

Just 50 seconds into the second half and the East leading 3-0, Gragg stood just five yards from the net on the left side but hooked her attempt into the post.

“Of all the spots to hit it, I hit the post,” Gragg said. “The goal I scored late in the game, if I had missed that one it would have been embarrassing.”

That goal came with 2:30 remaining and closed out the scoring for the East.

Wagoner’s Mikayla Taylor, who split time with Jade Graves of Verdigris in goal, was not surprised by her team’s offensive outburst.

“That was awesome,” Taylor said. “They said this was one of the best East teams.”

During her time on the field, Taylor only faced two shots and said she was used to not seeing many attempts come at her.

“The defense at Wagoner is very similar to what we had tonight,” she said. “I like it, but sometimes it gets boring and you just sit there.”

Fort Gibson had two players on the roster, Shelby Nichols and Brooke Benham, while Keys was represented by Breanna Scott. Benham is recuperating from a foot injury and played only 1:41 in the first half, still nursing a foot injury.

“I did want to go in after that but it wasn’t really worth it,” Benham said. “I have torn ligaments and tendons in my foot and I’m still in recovery.”

The East opened the scoring with 24:52 left in the first half on a rebound goal by Hanslovan. The East made it 2-0 when Dake scored her first goal on a lofted shot over the keeper and 3-0 on Gragg’s first goal.

The score remained 3-0 until 23:53 left when Hanslovan scored her second goal to make it a 4-0 advantage and the rout was on.

Dake’s final two goals of her hat trick came with the East up 4-1. The first goal was with 20:22 left and the final one was with 14:17 remaining.

The West’s two scores occurred with 23:14 and 17:33 left, respectively. Alexandra Davis had four assists for the East and also scored with 13:10 left in the second half which made the score 7-2.

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