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March 11, 2014

Stillwater gets victory in shootout over Bishop McGuinness

STILLWATER, Okla. — The Stillwater Pioneers ended their season last year with two penalty kick defeats. Tuesday at Pioneer Stadium, the Pioneers got the monkey off their back as Tr’e Diaz scored the game winner and goalie Jackson Murphy stopped two shots in a 1-0 victory over No. 15 Bishop McGuinness.

“It’s a game we should have won before penalty kicks,” coach Seth Condley said. “It was good for us to be in a penalty kick game early in the year and for us to come out with a win. When we get to district we could have games come down to that.”

Bryson Reed converted the first kick for Stillwater but McGuinness responded with a goal. Abel Adame’s shot was stopped and the Irish scored to take a 2-1 advantage. Senior Nathan Herrmann tied the score but McGuinness retook the lead. Daniel Mutai’s first attempt was stopped but the goalie left early. On the second opportunity Mutai cashed it in. Murphy made his first save of the shootout, to give the Pioneers a chance to take the lead. Diaz powered the ball past the Irish goalie to put Stillwater on top.

“It was amazing,” Diaz said. “I was glad it went in. That’s a pretty good team we beat.”

Murphy made the biggest save of the night to seal the win for the Pioneers. The senior goaltender said it was pretty exciting.

“It was my first penalty kill shootout victory,” Murphy said.

Condley said Murphy stepped up but added he didn’t face many shots in regulation.

“He had one big save in the first half,” Condley said. “I think made two or three saves for the game. He wasn’t really tested. The wind wrecked havoc on our shots and possessions. The game was played more in the midfield.”

The Pioneers (1-1) hit the road Friday and play at Yukon. Murphy said he thinks they have a good chance.

“If we play like we did tonight, we should have a good chance of winning,” Murphy said.

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