By: Scott Emigh, Editor-in-Chief
The Charles Page High School Girls' Soccer team (1-3) notched their first win of the season in the first round of the Stillwater Cup against the Enid Pacers (0-3). Junior goalie Abigail Banks recorded her first clean-sheet of the season with eight saves over the course of the match.
The Sandites struggled with a heavy 20 mph headwind throughout the first half and were limited to four shots on goal. Two missed outright, one was deflected by the Enid keeper, and one sailed true but was nullified as kicker Kyndal Zicker was ruled offside. Enid took advantage of their strong tailwind and kept the Sandites on their end of the field for the majority of the half, racking up 11 shots. Most were well off target, but Banks did pick up four saves.
The two teams entered the second half scoreless, but the Sandites were no longer at odds with the weather and played a far more aggressive offense.
Enid still made plenty of plays and got off eight shots, but couldn't press nearly as hard as they did in the first half. Sand Springs finally got on the scoreboard in the 49th minute with a goal from Slovakian foreign exchange student Eliska Dodokova.
Kyndal Zicker added another goal just three minutes later, then made it a brace in the 62nd minute. The Lady Sandites eased up from there, taking only two more shots over the remainder of the match. Banks picked up four saves in the second half as well and the Sandites secured their first win of the season, 3-0.
Sand Springs will return to action Saturday at 10:40 a.m. against the winner of Ponca City (3-0) vs Coweta (2-0). That match will be played at Oklahoma State University's Colvin Recreation Fields on the southeast field. The winner of that match will play in the finals at 7:00 p.m. in Pioneer Stadium, while the loser will play for third place at 7:00 p.m. at Colvin Fields.