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March 11, 2014

Ogg saves Pryor in shootout

PRYOR, OK — When Coweta and Pryor ended 80 minutes of play Monday night tied 1-1, fans began to file toward the exits as an announcement floated from the PA booth that there would be no overtime.

That was just fine with the Pryor boys who, after a lengthy delay, defeated Coweta 4-1 in a shootout to remain unbeaten on the young season.

The doubtful fans who stayed were treated to a shooting display from the Pryor side and a key save by Pryor junior goalkeeper Ryan Ogg.

"I tell my guys, 'Make your penalty kick, and Ryan will save one of theirs, and we'll win,'" Pryor head coach Kirk Emerine said.

Sure enough, after Pryor's Logan Smith converted the first penalty kick, Ogg denied Coweta's Braden Parker to give the home Tigers a 1-0 lead in the shootout.

Colten Smith gave Pryor a commanding 2-0 lead, but Coweta's Jerry England answered to cut the lead to 2-1. Corey Horton converted his attempt, and Cameron Eaves' shot was wide left for Coweta to open the door for senior Taylor Kegley, who clinched the win by sneaking his shot past the outstretched hands of Coweta keeper Jeffrey Pearson.

"It's a great win for us, as young as we are," Emerine said. "It's going to help our confidence. I don't think anyone thought we'd do much this season."

The Tigers (2-0) have already matched their win total from a season ago, a disappointing 2-8 campaign.

"They're growing. I had five freshmen starting (against Coweta)," Emerine said. "There were five on the whole time, at one point, there were six on ... no one expects us to do anything when half the team are freshmen."

Pryor fell behind in the 38th minute after Coweta's Andrew Langford took advantage of Ogg on a break. Ogg came too far out to contest, and Langford was able to roll it past him for the game's first goal.

"It was a good goal they got. We just couldn't get rattled," Emerine said.

In the 53rd minute, Kegley found Horton in the Coweta goal box, and Horton converted the equalizer.

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