EDMOND — Piedmont’s girls soccer team had plenty on its mind Saturday morning, most of which could’ve been about anything but soccer.
With Piedmont’s high school prom scheduled for later that night, head coach Brad Brucker was worried his team’s focus would wander. Instead, the Lady Wildcats played one of the their most crisp games of the season, defeating Sante Fe South 3-0 to claim the championship of the Deer Creek Invitational.“There could’ve been some lack of focus today with them worrying about getting to prom,” Brucker said. “But they were all engaged and here and played the game the right way, which is all I can ask of them.”
Initially, that didn’t result in scores for Piedmont, though. The Lady ‘Cats put 20 first-half shots on goal, but didn’t find the back of the net until freshman Caren Hildalgo slammed home a rebound off of a Kylie Pyle shot to put PHS on top 1-0 with 3:45 to play in the first half.
“It could’ve been six, seven or eight goals fairly easily,” Brucker said of the close, but not quite, opening half of play. “I think we hit four posts in the game and missed several opportunities, but their keeper was good so you’ve got to give her some credit, too.”
Hidalgo added her second goal of the day 11 minutes into the second half and Alex Wright followed 15 minutes later with a score off a feed from Caitlin Lewis to give Piedmont its 3-0 margin.
“Caren is starting to figure it out,” Brucker said. “When the girls that normally score for us didn’t she was able to find the back of the net, and that’s good for her and for us.”
Piedmont had 35 scoring chances in all, and although it converted just three, Brucker was pleased with his team’s overall execution.
“A really smart coach told me one time that it’s not about how many goals you score, it’s about how many chances you’re creating,” he said. “Some days you’re going to finish and some days you aren’t. I wasn’t frustrated with them because I know sometimes you’re going to have days like that.”
Piedmont completed a three-game sweep of its competition at Deer Creek, outscoring Altus, Edmond Santa Fe’s jayvee and Santa Fe South by a combined tally of 20-0.
“We can’t change who we play or who we feel like we should be playing,” Brucker said. “We just play who’s on our schedule and if we compete with ourselves each day we’ll have a chance to get better.”