McALESTER — McAlester’s varsity soccer program is just two years old. Tulsa Edison’s dates back to 1985, when high school soccer began in Oklahoma.
The two programs may some day find themselves on equal footing, but Friday night the Buffaloes and Lady Buffaloes looked overmatched against the more experienced, more athletic and more strategic Eagles and Lady Eagles.
Neither McAlester soccer team lasted the full 80 minutes of a regulation game before the 10-goal mercy rule activated, with each team losing 10-0 at Hook Eales Stadium in McAlester.
“Edison has tons of experience,” McAlester soccer coach Sara Jones said. “Everyone in our district does.
“There are three of our boys that have played together for a few years, and the rest of them have never played together.”
Lady Eagles 10, Lady Buffs 0
The Lady Buffs’ defense had no way to stop seniors Kaja Cremin and Madison Morris, two seniors expected to play soccer at the collegiate level next year. Cremin struck first for the Lady Eagles, taking a pass from Evann Couch and burying it for a 1-0 lead less than four minutes into the game.
Morris later took a centering pass from Cremin in front of McAlester’s goal and scored for a 2-0 lead with 31:47 left in the first half.
McAlester goalkeeper Taylor Gunion did her best to hang tough against Edison’s explosive offense, making several nice saves on close-range shots. But Morris won a one-on-one battle with a McAlester defender in front of the goal, then scored easily for a 3-0 lead.
Morris made it 4-0 Lady Eagles midway through the half on another pass from Cremin. She scored again off a pass from Cremin 1:30 into the second half for a 6-0 lead, finishing the game with three goals and an assist.
“They were leaving one man on Kaja, and me and her, we love to do these give-and-goes back and forth,” Morris said. “Just suck them in, take her out wide, leave me in the center to just get the easy shot.”