BROKEN ARROW - The U14 Miami Regional Red Dogs got their season off to a great start by winning the Broken Arrow Labor Day Tournament at Indian Springs Soccer Complex last weekend.
The Red Dogs opened with a 9-0 victory over South Lakes on Saturday afternoon.
Ben Pulley and Dalton Norton scored three goals each. Scott Garrett, Jace Williams, and Garrett Brede also scored.
Norton, Williams, Trevor Sourjohn, Koith Quiroz and Payton Edmondson all had assists.
Goalkeeper Stone Collins had four saves in the shutout.
Miami won a 2-0 defensive battle over a fast and physical team from Lawton in game two Saturday evening.
Pulley opened the scoring for the Red Dogs in the 19th minute on a free kick from 25 yards out. Norton put the game away in the second half with an unassisted goal in the 63rd minute.
The victory over Lawton assured the Red Dogs a spot in Sunday’s finals.
As luck would have it, the Red Dogs faced the Pumas again in Sunday’s championship game.
Miami set the tone early with a goal by Pulley in the fourth minute. Williams and Sourjohn assisted.
Sourjohn again found Pulley for a goal in the 26th minute to give the Red Dogs a 2-0 lead into halftime.
The second half remained scoreless until late in the game when Edmondson made a great slotted pass to Norton, who then beat the keeper in the lower left corner of the net in the 70th minute.
Collins made three saves as the Red Dogs recorded their third consecutive shutout.
Assistant coach David Quiroz credited the entire team with a great tournament.
"The defense played well," Quiroz said. "The outside and inside midfielders controlled the game. I am speaking of Jace Williams, Scott Garrett, Koith Quiroz, Garrett Brede, Jack Osborn, and Andrew Reavis. I was very pleased with the play of Scott Garrett. He dominated the right fullback of both teams we played on Saturday and created many opportunities for the team."
While the Red Dogs scored 14 goals in three games, head coach Dave Bates was especially impressed with the defensive effort.
"Four players that stood out to me for their intelligent defensive play were outside fullbacks Wolfgang Flick, Payton Edmondson, Tyler Radebaugh, and Grant Hubbard," Bates said. "Not only did they control their side of the field, but when they gained possession of the ball they made very creative and thoughtful passes to start our offense. Our center fullback Kieran Coyne and sweeper Daniel Birdsong also played well in the center of the field."
Bates was most pleased with how the players reacted to the very physical play allowed in the tournament.
"The referees were letting the boys play and it got very rough," he said. "Our boys did not retaliate and continued to play their game with class. They deserved to win because they played the game the way it should be played."
The Red Dogs open league play Saturday with a home game against Pryor.