Three Rivers Soccer Recap – Presented Northeastern Health System

In Search of Three In A Row

After winning back-to-back Class 4A boys soccer state titles and a season filled with challenges beyond the playing pitch, the Fort Gibson Tigers were focused on winning a third straight title. Off-season health issues for head coach Todd Friend seemed only to add even more desire for the Tigers who reloaded their roster for 2019 after graduating 18 seniors from last year’s championship campaign.

After winning the District 4A-6 title with an undefeated 7-0 mark, the Tigers began their prowl confident of its defensive prowess having post five shutouts in the 10 regular season victories.  Fort Gibson began the Class 4A playoff bracket posting a 6-0 decision over Bristow then eliminating Catoosa 4-2 to reach the quarterfinal round. The Tigers first road trip paired the two-time champions against District 4A-5 champion Regent Prep who entered the third round with an 11-1 record. With confidence and focus to their match strategy amidst a physical opponent, Fort Gibson turned back Regent Prep 2-1 to earn a semifinal contest at home against Crooked Oak where the Tigers would score their seventh shutout of the year with a 1-0 verdict to return to the gold medal game riding an 11-game winning streak. Three times was not to be for the class of 2019 as Oklahoma City Southeast claimed the championship with a 3-1 decision leaving Fort Gibson with a 14-4 record and the silver medal.

Hilldale, Poteau and Wagoner also qualified for the tournament with the Hornets reaching the round of 16 while the Pirates would advance to the quarterfinals.

The Class 4A girls bracket consisted of five local squads including Westville, Stilwell, Wagoner along with Hilldale and Fort Gibson. The Lady Hornets, Lady Bulldogs and Lady Tigers all advanced into the second round with only Fort Gibson advancing to the quarterfinal round before dropping a 2-1 decision to the eventual 4A champion Verdigris by a 2-1 tally. 

Post season honors include All-State awards for 2019 seniors that will compete in the mid-summer games June 13-15. The Oklahoma Soccer Coaches Association will showcase top performers in All-State games by class. 

ALL-STATE 2019 GIRLS

Class 4A 

Jordan Webster –Hilldale

Julia Bruner – Stilwell

Abby Kiddy – Westville

Brianna Cox – Wagoner 

Grace Crawley – Fort Gibson 

Class 6A

Hailey Miller – Muskogee

ALL-STATE 2019 BOYS

Class 4A

Ethyn Willis – Wagoner

Latham Weaver – Hilldale

Max James – Hilldale

Blake Faulkner – Fort Gibson

Trapper Taylor – Fort Gibson

Garrett Clark – Poteau

Kyson Hardaway – Poteau 

Class 5A

Riley Dunham – Tahlequah 

Bernabe Miranda – Tahlequah