CATOOSA - It was a split decision for the Catoosa Indians and the Verdigris Cardinals in District 4A-5 soccer action on Tuesday night at Frank McNabb Field.
The Catoosa boys picked up a big 3-0 victory, while the Lady Cardinals finished off a perfect district record with a comfortable 10-1 win.
Catoosa has a pair of district contests remaining, Thursday at Regent Prep and Friday at Locust Grove. Verdigris closes the regular season Monday against the Owasso junior varsity.
Boys: CATOOSA 3, VERDIGRIS 0
The Indians (7-5, 4-1) got a pair of goals from David Mendoza and also rode a strong defensive effort in blanking the Cardinals (8-5, 4-3).
"I am extremely proud of the way my guys played," Catoosa boys coach Donnie McHendry said. "The seniors did a great job, and the younger kids stepped up."
The Indians scored all their goals in the first half with the wind at their backs. Mendoza got his first just a little over 90 seconds into the game.
Jaylon Otero had a golden opportunity for Catoosa just past the midway point of the first half, but it hit the left post.
Christian Vasquez found the back of the net, though, in the 29th minute. Mendoza drew the assist on that one and got his other goal four minutes later.
Otero had another chance, but Verdigris keeper Preston Platten made a nice save with just over three minutes left in the first half. Platten finished with seven total stops.
Mendoza just missed a hat trick, for his attempt in the 68th minute slipped just wide of the left post. However, it did not matter thanks to the stout defense the Indians played all night.
"Verdigris is a great team, but we defended well, and that's where we beat them," said McHendry. "Now we look forward to (playing) Regent on Thursday for the district title."
Girls: VERDIGRIS 10, CATOOSA 1
The Lady Cardinals (9-5, 8-0) had six different players score goals, with Aubrey Lechlider tallying four. Her first goal came on a free kick just over 90 seconds into the game.
Maddy Barnes scored four minutes later, and Lauren Bulcroft got the first of her two goals on the night two minutes after that.
Delaney LaBass countered just over a minute later, though, for the Lady Indians (4-8, 3-3). That was the only goal Verdigris allowed in district play.
Lechlider and Bulcroft scored again in the 11th and 16th minutes, respectively. Jayla Lucas took over in goal for Catoosa after Bulcroft's goal and promptly made a great stop on Lechlider.
Lucas finished with seven saves. The next two goals for the Lady Cards came on penalty kick from Abigail Teel in the 23rd minute and from Maribel Shaddix in the 30th minute.
Lechlider got the final goal of the first half in the 35th minute and the opening goal of the second half in the 44th minute. Halle Ryan found the back of the net in the 64th minute to cap the scoring.
"We are pretty excited about being district champs," Verdigris girls head coach Stacie Risenhoover said. "We are working well together and playing hard."
The Lady Cardinals got off to a slow start thanks to a brutal non-district schedule against a lot of tough competition.
"I felt like we had chances, but we were still trying to come together," Risenhoover said. "It was hard to realize then, but now they understand why we competed against those 6A and 5A teams."