Lady Cardinals

Verdigris senior Aubrey Lechlider (23) battles for the ball against an Inola defender on April 12. Lechlider scored a goal during Tuesday night's playoff matchup against Holland Hall, helping the Lady Cardinals advance to the Class 4A quarterfinals.

Mother Nature finally did something Tuesday night that nobody else has been able to do in the last month against the Verdigris High School girls soccer team.

Stop the Lady Cardinals in their footsteps.

Lauren Bulcroft scored two goals and had one assist while Aubrey Lechlider added one goal and one assist to pace Verdigris to a 5-0 rain-abbreviated shutout of Holland Hall in a second-round Class 4A playoff matchup on the Lady Cardinals’ home pitch.

The contest was stopped with 21:58 to play in the second period by the match referee after the two squads had been playing for several minutes in a torrential downpour that doused much of the Tulsa metro area.

The victory for Verdigris (12-5), the defending Class 4A state champion, extended the team’s winning streak to 10 matches.

The Lady Cardinals’ last loss came just over a month ago when Verdigris dropped a decision to Class 6A Enid at the Stillwater Cup.

Since that setback, Verdigris has outscored opponents 63-2 during its current winning streak, which includes eight victories by shutout.

The Lady Cardinals’ defense permitted only two shots by Holland Hall (7-6) while Verdigris notched 14 in a rematch of the two teams’ playoff battle a year ago, which also occurred in the second round.

Verdigris claimed a 9-2 road victory in that 2018 match. While the Lady Cardinals did not top their goal total from a year ago against the Lady Dutch, they had more than enough offense to prevail once again.

Bulcroft started the scoring less than two minutes into the match when she took a crossing pass from Lechlider and tallied from 15 yards.

After the sophomore forward missed a chance for a goal on a breakaway a few minutes later, she did find Kylee Darden with a crossing pass from the right side and Darden poked the ball into the net for a 2-0 advantage midway through the first period.

In the 22nd minute, Lechlider found the back of the net following a corner kick by Abigail Teal.

Leading 3-0 at halftime, Bulcroft nailed her second goal on a breakaway in the 55th minute as a stiff wind accompanied by waves of rain pelted the stadium’s artificial surface.

The Lady Cardinals ended their scoring courtesy of another Teal corner kick almost three minutes later.

From there, the match was stopped some 90 seconds later after playing conditions had continued to deteriorate.

In the quarterfinals, Verdigris will meet Fort Gibson (14-2), which advanced with a 1-0 second-round victory Monday against Wagoner.

Like the Lady Cardinals, the Tigers also own a 10-match winning streak and have not lost to an Oklahoma team this season.