The Pryor Times


April 17, 2013

Lady Tigers prepare for second-place showdown

TULSA, OK — Savana Thomas and Keraston Zumstein each scored goals as the Pryor Lady Tigers scored a 2-0 win over Metro Christian in soccer action Tuesday night.

Thomas’ goal came in the first half and Zumstein matched in the second for the Tigers’ fifth win of the season, helping Pryor improve to 5-3 on the year and a crucial 4-1 mark in district play.

The win guaranteed the Lady Tigers a winning mark in district, which will come into play for seeding in the upcoming regional tournaments.

The Lady Tigers’ lone district loss came at the hands of No. 6 Booker T. Washington, a 1-0 overtime defeat Friday night in Tulsa.

All three of Pryor’s losses this year — at home against Skiatook, at Rogers (Ark.) and  Friday against the Lady Hornets — have been by a single goal. The Lady Tigers are 3-1 at home this season.

The Pryor boys footballers are on a six-game slide, including an 0-5 district record, after losses at Booker T. Washington and Metro Christian.

The Hornets popped Pryor 4-1 Friday. Corey Horton scored the lone goal for the Tigers in the second half.

The Tigers played the Patriots much closer Tuesday, dropping a 1-0 game in Tulsa.

Both Pryor squads will host their final regular season home game Friday against Coweta on senior night.

The Pryor boys, especially its five seniors, will play for pride as they have already been mathematically eliminated from the playoffs after a season PHS head coach Kirk Emerine called “tough emotionally.”

The Lady Tigers still have a shot at a first-round home playoff game.

“I said at the beginning of the year I would know where my [girls] team is after we played Tahlequah, Booker T. and Coweta,” Emerine said. “Here we are. We are 1-1 so far against those three.”

The Coweta Lady Tigers boast the same 4-1 district record as Pryor, so the winner of Friday’s game will claim second place in the district outright. Booker T. has already clinched first place, thanks to a spotless 5-0 district record and head-to-head wins over Coweta and Pryor.

“We must score goals to beat Coweta,” Emerine said. “They are fast up front and we have to be sharp defensively when marking or we will get beat.”

In last year's contest, Coweta coverted a penalty kick in double overtime for a 2-1 win.

“Many of our girls played in that game and many of our girls were on the bench in that game,” Emerine said. “I hope they use that as fuel. It is senior night and I expect my two seniors to play their hearts out, and the rest of the team to do the same.

“Everybody should come to the game. It will be worth watching.”

The girls will kick off at 6 p.m. The boys are set for a 8 p.m. match.

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