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April 9, 2014

SOCCER: Claremore's Melton tallies 1st goal in 3-2 OT loss to Grove

CLAREMORE — Claremore junior forward Grant Melton tallied his first goal of the season Tuesday night during the Zebras’ 3-2 overtime loss to the Grove Ridgerunners at Lantow Field.

Melton’s second-half scoring opportunity provided a spark to the Zebra offense, and trimmed Grove’s lead to 2-1.

For most of the game, Claremore’s offense couldn’t find a crease in Grove’s fierce defense.

Melton, though, weaved past the Grove defense and took a cross-field pass from senior sweeper Nick Hrdlicka that slipped through the grasp of Grove’s keeper into the right corner of the net.

Later in the game, Hrdlicka rifled a shot from 10 yards out after taking a pass from junior forward Bear Hope to tie the game at 2-2.

Claremore freshman keeper Darius Silversmith allowed two first-half goals, but was sharp down the stretch.

Grove got the game-winning goal following a questionable off-sides call in overtime to secure the hard-fought victory.

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