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Originally posted May 2, 2012
Union’s Cristian Mata jumps over the steal attempt by Bishop Kelley’s Daniel Barone as Tej Trivedi gives chase in the first half Tuesday night. MICHAEL WYKE/Tulsa World
Playoff push: Beaird lifts Union to win
BY KELLY HINES Tulsa World Sports Writer
(Reprinted with Permission. This is not an endorsement.)
Dylan Beaird scored two goals and added an assist as No. 1 Union knocked off Bishop Kelley 3-1 in the first round of the Class 6A boys soccer tournament Tuesday night.
"I was just on tonight," Beaird said. "It was magical."
A senior forward, Beaird missed much of the first period with a shoulder injury but returned for his best performance of the season.
"I had to pull him out for a while and let him rest," coach Cory Butler said. "But I put him back in the second half and he really stepped up, played well and hit a couple of big goals."
The Redskins (11-1-1), who advance to the quarterfinals Friday against eighth-ranked Owasso, found their stride in attack mode against the Comets.
"When we'd get the ball, going at them at a good pace and putting them under pressure all over the field, that's what really turned the game in our favor," Butler said.
University of Tulsa signee Cristian Mata scored on a diving header on a pass from Beaird less than eight minutes into the game for the early lead.
Several solid saves from Bishop Kelley goalkeeper Kale Carson kept Union out of the net for the next 42 minutes. That's when defender Van Horne intercepted a pass and kicked to Beaird, who launched a bomb from the right corner.
Beaird scored again with three minutes left on an unassisted goal from the right corner.
The Comets' lone goal came on a header by Harrison Kane with 22 seconds left.
"It was good to get one back and know that we were in the game," coach Donivan Bradshaw said.
After winning three state championships in 5A, Bishop Kelley moved up a class because of the new OSSAA rule for successful non-public schools.
"A lot of people say, 'It's wrong,' or, 'It's right,' " Bradshaw said. "At the end of the day, it is what it is. You've still got to play the soccer game. My boys handled it the best they could.
"I'm proud of our boys."
Union 1, Owasso 0 (girls): No. 6 Union overcame a mad scramble at the end of the game for a 1-0 home victory against Owasso on Tuesday.
The Rams had two narrow misses in the last 15 seconds, including one that was deflected by goalkeeper Madeline Rhodes, who has signed with Oral Roberts.
Union needed only one goal, and it came at the 26-minute mark of the second period on a pass by ORU signee Ashley Martin up the middle to Anastasia Robinson, who used her speed to elude the defender and bury the ball in the net.
The Redskins (9-2-2) will face No. 1 Bishop Kelley in the 6A quarterfinals on Friday.
"The girls have been frustrated," coach Brian Elliott said. "We're winning, but we're not scoring the goals we have in the past.
"I just brought them in and told them, 'It's about winning and moving on.' It doesn't matter what the score is."
Union 3, Bishop Kelley 1
Goals: Kane (Barone); Beaird (Horne, unassisted), Mata (Beaird). Shots on goal: Bishop Kelley 3, Union 8. Keepers: Carson; Holt. Saves: Bishop Kelley 5, Union 2.
Union 1, Owasso 0
Goal: Robinson (Martin); Shots on goal: Owasso 4, Union 7. Keepers: Talley; Rhodes. Saves: Owasso 5, Union 2.
Bishop Kelley’s John Banos goes down as he battles for the ball with Union’s Ivan Evangelista in the first half. MICHAEL WYKE/Tulsa World
Bishop Kelley’s Jesus Gomez and Union’s J.B. Browne battle for the ball in the first half Tuesday night. MICHAEL WYKE/Tulsa World