Summit Christian 3, Fort Gibson 1
Missing a key starter, the Lady Tigers struggled with players in different positions and fell to the Lady Eagles in the girl’s championship game.
With midfielder Brooke Benham absent for the day, the Lady Tigers (4-3) struggled in that part of the field trying to set things up for the strikers. And the Fort Gibson defense, which has been strong in the early part of the season, suffered as well according to Fort Gibson coach Jaime Snyder.
“I was frustrated with my defense which has been solid and consistent so far,” said Snyder. “They let me down a little bit. We lost our mark a couple of times and they made us pay for it. But when you score just one goal, you force your defense to play perfect.”
Jordan Raynor got the Lady Tigers on the board first with a goal off a free kick from 30 yards out in the first half. Summit Christian tied it a short time later, also off a free kick by Emma Foster. Jordan Langbartels got the other two Eagles’ goals on breakaways after the Fort Gibson defense lost its mark on her.
Despite the loss, Snyder thinks her girls are ready to begin district play.
“We’re where we want to be going into district play,” she said. “We’ve played in the wind, we’ve played in the rain, we’ve had shootouts-everything you want to put your team through. So they’ll know what to expect and how to react to adversity.”
In other tournament games, Wagoner’s boys clinched third place with a 3-2 win over Victory Christian, and Hilldale’s girls beat the Fort Gibson junior varsity 8-0, but lost to Grove 1-0 in a shootout.
Both Hilldale and Fort Gibson open district play on Tuesday as the Tigers will host Atoka while Hilldale travels to Poteau.