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.
Heritage Hall improves to 14-0
Second-ranked Heritage Hall got two goals from Connor McGinnis in a 5-0 win over Piedmont in the first round of the 5A playoffs.
Matthew McLaughlin added a goal and two assists for the Chargers, who remained undefeated at 14-0.
Heritage Hall will face Deer Creek in Friday’s quarterfinals. The Antlers advanced behind three goals from Parker Noble in a 7-0 win over Carl Albert.
Edmond Memorial wins seventh straight
Edmond Memorial came into the playoffs on a roll, and kept it going with a 4-0 win over Edmond Santa Fe in the first round. Laramie Hall scored two goals, both assisted by Amanda Dial, and the Bulldogs advanced to a quarterfinal match against Edmond North. The Huskies survived with a 3-2 overtime victory over Mustang.
McGuinness advances with 1-0 win
Rachel Jordan had the only goal in McGuinness’ 1-0 win at Norman in the Class 6A first round.
Irish goalie Hannah Frogge stopped all six shots on goal by Norman.
McGuinness draws No. 2 Norman North in Friday’s quarterfinals. The Timberwolves defeated Southmoore 5-0 on Tuesday.