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High School Sports

April 3, 2013

Sweep stings: Hornets take 2 from Tahlequah

The Tahlequah girls dropped a 1-0 decision to Class 5A No. 6 Booker T. Washington Tuesday night at Doc Wadley Stadium on Northeastern State University’s campus.

The Lady Hornets received a goal in the 32nd minute from Natalie Mulkey, and the Lady Tigers were unable to equalize in the narrow loss.

“We just slacked off defensively on the goal and allowed the girl to turn,” Tahlequah coach Greg Hall said. “We didn’t step to her and she had a clear open shot. Our goalkeeper didn’t have a chance.”

Booker T. outshot Tahlequah 10-1 and controlled possession for the majority of the contest. The Lady Hornets (4-4, 1-0 District 5A-3) also attempted four corner kicks, while the home side was unable to find a dangerous set piece.

“We lost to this team 8-1 last year, so overall I’m pleased with how we played. We just weren’t able to come away with a win tonight,” said Hall, whose team dropped its third straight match and fell to 4-4 overall and 0-1 in league play.

Game-time temperature was 37 degrees, and both teams battled through a brisk cold and a consistent rain throughout the night.

“I don’t think the conditions were a factor,” Hall said. “Both teams had to deal with the rain, and we’ve played in worse.”

The play that led to the goal began with a turnover near midfield in the 32nd minute. The ball was carried up the left wing, and a long cross into the box was collected by Blair Ferguson.

Ferguson was shielding a defender with her back to goal when she received the cross. She was able to drop the ball off to a wide-open Mulkey, and her shot found the back of the net for the game’s lone marker.

Tahlequah struggled to get the ball inside Booker T.’s penalty area the entire game, and the home side did not attempt a shot in the second half.

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