Knowing his team would have the wind at its back for the second half against Edmond Santa Fe, Edmond Memorial coach Jeff Lovett would have been happy with a scoreless tie at halftime.
Thanks to Braxton Pickard, who punched in a breakaway goal, the Bulldogs instead had a 1-0 lead at the intermission on their way to a 2-0 win in a first-round Class 6A playoff match on Tuesday night.
“That gave us a big leg up,” Lovett said of Pickard’s goal. “Edmond Santa Fe had a bunch of opportunities in the first half, and it felt like we were just in survival mode. That goal was huge.”
Quinton Carey hit a perfectly placed ball that found the upper right corner of the net with just under four minutes remaining to seal the victory.
Jake Burger was clutch in goal for Edmond Memorial. He came up with a crucial save on a Santa Fe penalty kick in the first half, and turned away a couple more close calls in the second.
Going from one Edlam battle to another, Memorial will face Edmond North in Friday’s quarterfinals. North advanced with a 1-0 win over U.S. Grant on Tuesday.
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