By Evan Grice
When the Piedmont Lady Wildcats soccer team went on its maiden voyage in Class 5A this season, a lot of people outside the team and the coaches didn’t have high expectations for a program that was only in its third year of competition.
But after a berth in the State Quarterfinals along with 10 wins in the season, the awards have been coming in fast for the players and head coach Brad Brucker.
It was recently announced that Brucker was named as the 2014 Girls Soccer Coach of the Year by VYPE Magazine for Northwest Oklahoma City. The award is the second coach of the year honor in as many months for Brucker, who was named NHSCA Small School Coach of the Year in May.
“This award feels pretty special to me simply because it has a more local feel to it,” Brucker said. “It really makes me even more proud of the girls when I receive awards like this.”
“This is more of a direct reflection on them and the way they played this season. You can’t be a great coach without great kids.”
For the second straight season under the guidance of coach Brucker, the Lady Wildcats made a deep playoff run. Another milestone was PHS claimed at least 10 wins in a season for the second consecutive year.
Piedmont’s only losses of the season against Class 5A opposition came against the state champion Deer Creek Lady Antlers and the state runner-up Carl Albert Lady Titans.
Despite the success of this season though, Brucker added that his team is still hungry for more despite having been in varsity action going on four years now.
“I think we did a lot better than everyone thought we would, but we didn’t do as great as we thought we would,” he said. “We are at least a 12 win team each season we step out onto the field. To make a state quarterfinal in our first season in 5A is a real testament to the kids, and their effort to continue to get better.”
“Whether that be through club soccer or something else, these kids and their parents deserve a lot of credit for helping build this program to where it is right now.”
Caitlin Lewis, and Kylie Pyle also made the All-VYPE Girls soccer team for 2014, while this season produced three All-State players in Taylor Baurichter, Morgan Wilson and Jordan Hendren from the Lady Wildcats soccer team.