Edmond Memorial goalkeeper Evan Helker scored the final Bulldog goal of the night in a shootout and made the game-ending save on the ensuing shot to boost Memorial to a 2-1 Class 6A first-round playoff triumph over rival Edmond Santa Fe Tuesday night at Memorial High School.
The contest remained in a 1-1 deadlock after two overtime periods.
When the game got into a shootout, Helker got his first chance on offense and hammered home a solid shot, thus putting pressure on Santa Fe’s Myles Moore.
As Moore moved toward the goal, Helker faked left, then quickly dove out right. Helker guessed perfectly, making a clean block to move the Bulldogs into another Edlam conflict in the quarterfinals Friday night at Edmond North.
Helker also had key saves with 7:45 left in regulation and with eight minutes to play in the second overtime period. He also used his patented diving save technique with 16:48 to go prior to intermission and deflected away a hard-lining kick just five minutes later.
The Wolves, who end their season at 10-4, garnered a 1-0 lead early in the second half when Juan Quiroz screened a ‘Dog in front of the net, then tapped in the shot.
Throughout the contest, Memorial was uncorking shots, but couldn’t get them through the teeth of the Wolfpack defense or past goalie Chris Morgensen.
The Bulldogs (11-3) forced overtime with 13:20 left in regulation when Michael Ojeda dropped one in off a rebound. The credited assist went to senior Troy Tippeconnic.
In the girls opener, Memorial’s Lisa Robinson tallied a pair of goals to put the Lady Bulldogs up 3-2.
But in the final 1:52 of the 6A playoff, the improbable happened as Putnam North’s Karla Cabello hit a pair of goals on free kicks from near mid-field to pull out the Lady Panther victory by a 4-3 count. Both of Cabello’s goals came within less than a minute.
Annabeth Fouts hit the other goal for Memorial in the opening half.
The Edmond Memorial loss prevents the Lady ‘Dogs from facing off with cross-town rival Edmond North on Friday in the quarterfinals. Putnam North (10-4) will take on the Lady Huskies.
Memorial finishes the spring at 11-3.