EDMOND — Woodward has been a thorn in the side of the Piedmont boys soccer team in each of the previous two seasons.
Friday at Deer Creek High School the Wildcats had a chance to exact revenge against the Boomers, but despite three scoring opportunities in the final 10 minutes of the game, played to a scoreless tie with Woodward in a pool play game at the Deer Creek Invitational.
It was the first time in six games Piedmont had been held scoreless this season, but head coach Zac Selph was content with the effort.
“We played well,” he said. “This is the first game we haven’t scored, but I think the more important thing is, if we’re not going to score we can’t let the other team score.”
The Wildcats, who played without leading backline defender Jake Loper, who left the game at halftime with an illness, managed to hold off a hard-charging and physical Woodward squad.
“That was the one time we’ve had to make a change in the back in a game that really counted this season,” Selph said.”Our backs stepped up and did a heckuva job today without Jake in there.”
Goaltender Chad Weemhoff was credited with five saves and warded off two other potential advantages for Woodward by coming out of the box to scoop up the ball and kill a break.
“He knows he has competition and I don’t think he likes the idea of being pulled out of goal,” Selph said. “He had a solid game against Guthrie, a solid game earlier this morning and another good game this afternoon. There was never a time he made me nervous.”
Offensively, Piedmont had its chances to break the scoreless tie in the second half. Dax Hampton fired a shot in from just outside the box that ricocheted off the crossbar. Then Kanton Logan nearly controlled a header for a score off a free kick from midfield by Marco Velasquez.
“It was a back and forth game and I thought the boys responded to a physical team,” Selph said. “They didn’t quit. Just a great game overall. The only that could’ve made it better would’ve been a goal.”
Earlier in the day, Piedmont hammered U.S. Grant’s jayvee team, 7-2. Now the ‘Cats will wait for other pool play games to finish before their game time on Saturday is determined. The possibility remains Piedmont could reach the tournament championship game.