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May 7, 2014

Stillwater High boys soccer falls 2-0 to Broken Arrow in Class 6A playoffs

BROKEN ARROW, Okla. — The Stillwater Pioneers entered Tuesday’s Class 6A state first- round soccer playoff game looking to make history — their first goal and victory.

They left Broken Arrow Memorial Field still looking for those things in a 2-0 loss to Broken Arrow.

“I thought it was a good first round match,” coach Seth Condley said. “It just came down to who was going to make the first mistake.”

The Tigers (9-3) scored with 25:43 left in the game on a throw in that got by two Pioneers and went straight to KB Harris, who powered it past Stillwater’s goalie Jackson Murphy. Less than four minutes later, BA added another on a header by Noah Stieber.

“(The first goal) was probably a ball that shouldn’t happen if you are in position right, which we weren’t,” Condley said. “One mistake kind of hurt us.”

Sophomore defender Bryson Reed said they played so hard in the first half that it just caught up to them in the second.

“I thought we did well in the first half,” Reed said. “I think we tired out too fast and they took advantage of us.”

The Pioneers generated scoring chances late. David Trost punched one just over the net. Several sailed wide. Junior Abel Abame said the team settled in.

“Toward the end we started playing our style of soccer,” Abame said. “The first half was tough because we were going against the wind. The second half we had the wind at our back and were able to move the ball around.”

The first half was a scoreless draw, thanks in large part to Stillwater’s goalie who stopped numerous opportunities by Broken Arrow. Reed and Matt Mills also prevented shots from reaching Jackson.

“Coming into the game, coach told us they have a few special players,” Reed said. “Our defense came prepared mentally and physically.

Condley said Jackson helped give them a chance to win.

“He made some big saves especially in the first half when they were getting us pinned in on the corner kicks,” Condley said.

The Pioneers (7-7) graduate 15 seniors including Murphy, forwards Nathan Herrmann and Tr’e Diaz, defender Garrison Glass and midfielder Luis Rute. Reed said they will be missed.

“We are losing some very good seniors, the whole team will miss,” Reed said. “We have to look for someone not take their spot but to step up and be there for us.”

Condley said they were a special group of seniors.

“I don’t know how many wins they have but had another winning season and got back to the playoffs,” he said.

Abame said he wants a state championship in his senior year.

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