Claremore’s win over Tulsa Hale literally went right down to wire Friday night at East Central High School Stadium.
A penalty kick by Braden Harris secured Claremore’s 5-2 win over the Rangers following regulation and two overtimes.
Claremore’s Grant Hoover, Nick Hrdlicka, Jose Mota, Jacob Bridges and Harris made penalty kicks and goalkeeper Darius Silversmith had a huge save as the Zebras improved to 5-3 on the season.
Early in the match, Bridges took a cross-field pass from junior forward Bear Hope, and ripped a shot inside the penalty box past the Tulsa Hale goalkeeper for the 1-0 lead with 25 minutes remaining until halftime.
Moments later, Tulsa Hale answered with an unassisted goal that caromed off the reach of Silversmith to tie the game at 1-1.
Tulsa Hale applied pressure after halftime, and stole the 2-1 lead from Claremore on another unassisted goal.
Claremore, however, got a huge goal down the stretch of the second half as senior sweeper (Nick) Hrdlicka lifted a midfield pass toward freshman forward (Jose) Mota, who caught the ball with his right foot and blasted a shot to the left-corner of the net for the game-tying score at 2-2.
In the first overtime, Claremore had three shots on goal — two by Hope and one from Hrdlicka — but couldn’t convert inside the penalty box.