The Pryor Times

March 27, 2013

Lady Tigers jump to sixth

Chuck Porter
Sports Editor

PRYOR, OK — Pryor soccer is moving on up.

After a 2-0 win over Collinsville and a pair of heartbreaking losses to quality opposition, the Lady Tiger footballers slid up to the No. 6 slot in the latest OKrankings.com poll.

"It's nice to be ranked sixth, but we would rather be ranked high at the end of the season than the beginning," PHS head coach Kirk Emerine said. "Our girls work hard and have committed themselves to getting better and doing well. Most of them play competitive soccer in the fall, spring, and some summer."

Pryor opened the season with a 2-1 home defeat at the hands of Skiatook. Since then, the Lady Bulldogs have posted a perfect 5-0 record, including wins over Class 5A's No. 7 Coweta and Class 4A's No. 2 Glenpool to move to No. 3 in the state in 5A.

Pryor's other loss was a 1-0 decision at Rogers (Ark.) March 16.

"Rogers is a school of 2,000-plus and is Class 7A in Arkansas, so we did decent there, even though I feel we didn't play our best game," Emerine said.

The future looks bright for Pryor. Strong showings against top opponents and a relatively soft district schedule — beginning with 1-5 Tulsa Memorial at 6 p.m. at home tonight — are good signs. The only currently ranked opponent left on the Lady Tiger schedule is Coweta in the April 19 regular season finale.

"We are a young team, with only two seniors [Tara Shelby and Jaclyn True]. We have the chance to be good, but must fix some little issues we have during play," Emerine said. "When we play Booker T Washington, Tahlequah and Coweta, we will see where we stand."

The Pryor boys are also 1-2, and will take on Memorial in the 8 p.m. nightcap tonight.