Losing 11 seniors, the Tigers will be rebuilding next season. At the very least, they have a keeper in their keeper.
“She’s only a freshman, so it’s exciting to see her make those big saves and know she’s going to be here for three more years,” Hardage said. “She did a great job. I can’t speak highly enough of Hannah tonight.”
Norman High boys 1, Bishop McGuinness 0: The story may have been the Tigers’ dominance. They outshot the Irish 13-3. Their keeper, Drew Arledge, made one save, while McGuinness’ David Brown made five, robbing several Tigers of goals and Matt Tidwell of about three assists.
Yet another one-goal victory for NHS in a season full of them, it still had more in common with the Tigers’ resounding 2-0 victory over Edmond Santa Fe the last night of the regular season than any number of previous narrow victories. And still, without Ostas, it might have turned out very differently.
He got the goal with 5 minutes remaining in the first half, taking a pass in the penalty box from J.P. Pelletier, who took a pass from Billy Norlin. He corralled it like a high post at the free-throw line, then wheeled and tucked it inside the right post like a sniper who knew where it was going.
“J.P. played it right to my feet,” Ostas said. “I didn’t even look to shoot, I just kind of turned and hit it back post.”
Then, 11 minutes into the second half, during the game’s only stretch in which the Irish had the best of it, Alex Berney let go with 25-yard free kick to Arledge’s left. From a harsh angle, Berney had the ball bending over and around the Tiger keeper, but not past Ostas, who headed it out of the goal mouth.
“I could tell it was going to go over Drew’s hands,” Ostas said. “I was just lucky I was there.”
Lucky enough to put a Crosstown Clash on Friday’s schedule.
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