OKLAHOMA CITY — Piedmont senior Kylie Pyle picked a good time to play her best soccer.
So has her team.
Piedmont poses to celebrate its second district title in four seasons.
Led by four goals and an assist from Pyle, the Lady Wildcats, winners of eight of nine, coasted to a 5-0 win over Mount St. Mary Monday night to wrap up the district title, their first as a member of Class 5A.
Piedmont also clinched at least one home playoff game.
“It’s really exciting. It’s quite an accomplishment for us and what we’ve been building towards,” head coach Brad Brucker said. “It’s nice to say you’re district champs, but it’s more about what it does for you in the playoffs.”
Piedmont (10-5, 6-1) and Mount St. Mary (11-4, 5-2) each entered Monday with a chance to win the district title, but the Lady Wildcats quickly dispelled any notion the Rockets had of making it a memorable senior night.
PHS scored two goals in the first 14 minutes of the game and led 5-0 by intermission, all spurred on by Pyle.
“That’s what we wanted to do so we could rest some of our significant players,” Brucker said. “We just wanted to be sharp. For the most part I felt like we were. I think we’re playing our best soccer of the year.”
Pyle was instrumental in the run. She scored 11 goals over Piedmont’s final three regular season games and now has 68 in 63 career games.
“It’s really ridiculous. She could’ve easily scored eight or nine today if we had left her in,” Brucker said. “She’s rounding into form and playing the best soccer of her career.”
Piedmont will host Northwest Classen Tuesday night with kickoff likely set for 7 p.m., though Brucker said that was not official yet.
“I’m hoping we can keep this momentum and ride straight into the playoffs with it,” Brucker said. “I’d love to have the biggest crowd of the year to root us on.”
Piedmont 7, Mount St. Mary 2
Stakes weren’t as high in the boys game, but Piedmont found its own motivation.
The goal entering Monday, head coach Zac Selph said, was to win to stay above .500 for the season and for the careers of the senior class.
After falling behind 1-0 early, the Wildcats rallied for seven unanswered goals to cruise to victory and secure a winning season at 8-7 overall behind two goals each from seniors Kanton Logan and Trevor Bailey.
“They did everything I asked of them. They showed up and played for each other,” Selph said. “This is a great way to end the season.”
The Wildcats opened the game by giving up a soft goal in the game’s fourth minute, though.
“When you give up a goal that easy, you always wonder if the motivation is there to play,” Selph said.
Logan silenced those fears with a goal just more than 10 minutes later and created another opportunity that was finished by Alec Pierce with 15:04 until half. Logan added another goal to give PHS a 3-1 lead by half.
“That’s what you expect him to do,” Selph said. “Happy with how he finished his career out.”
Bailey added his goals in the second half after only recently joining the team.
“He’s one of those you wish we had all four years, but we’re happy to see him be successful,” Selph said.