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April 30, 2014

Down to the Wire

Graves makes game-winning stop for Verdigris

VERDIGRIS — Verdigris goalkeeper Jade Graves dove to her right and knocked a penalty shot out of the net, thus ending Thursday’s ‘bloody’ grudge match with Sand Springs.

Graves’ game-winning stop following regulation provided the Lady Cardinals with a 3-2 win on penalty kicks.

Verdigris and Sand Springs were deadlocked at 2-2 after regulation in a match that witnessed two players colliding on a header and one leaving the field with blood running down her face.

Senior forward Caitlyn Hanslovan gave Verdigris a 1-0 lead on the assisted goal from Taylor Beck.

Sand Springs evened the game at 1-1 going into halftime.

In the second half, Verdigris’ Landry Holder made it 2-1 on a 15-yard shot that soared over the Sand Springs keeper and into the back of the net.

Following several grueling, hard-fought defensive stops from Verdigris sweeper Aubrey Lindsey, Sand Springs got behind the Lady Cardinals’ defense for the game-tying goal that made it 2-2 at the end of regulation.

Verdigris converted all of their penalty kicks, and Graves stopped Sand Springs’ final attempt to secure the huge win over a Class 6A program.

With the win, Class 4A No. 2-ranked Verdigris improved to 10-3 on the season.

Verdigris will close out the regular season on Monday with Senior Night against Miami.

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