If fans attending Friday night’s Ardmore soccer games were expecting just pure sports, they got more then they bargained for.

If fans attending Friday night’s Ardmore soccer games were expecting just pure sports, they got more then they bargained for.

Both the Tigers and Lady Tigers ended up going to penalties on the night against Lawton Eisenhower, with the girls winning in narrow fashion, while the boys suffered a major setback with the loss of Rafael Interiano, before dropping a heartbreaker on penalties.

In the girls contest, Ardmore was left frustrated for the majority of the first half by the Lady Eagles and their defense.

Raven Brandenburg was more than happy to take advantage as she fired home a goal against the run of play to give Lawton Eisenhower the 1-0 lead at the 12:51 mark of the first half.

Ashley Monterrosa nearly tied the game just before halftime but her shot narrowly missed the goal frame.

However, less than five minutes into the second half, the senior standout made the most of her second chance as she scored her sixth goal of the season with a shot to the far side, tying the game at 1-1.

Freshman Aiden Manning nearly won the game in regulation for Ardmore but her shot found just the side netting as the game went to penalties.

Kelly Rivera-Velasco got Ardmore on the board in the first round, while Kaitlyn Moore kept the Lady Eagles off the board to keep it a 1-0.

Eisenhower though would even the score in the second round at 1-1, as Ardmore was stopped on its penalty attempt.

The Lady Eagles then took a 2-1 advantage as Ardmore’s penalty went over the bar.

Monterrosa then stepped up and slotted home her seventh goal of the season to make it 2-2, after Moore got yet another save on Eisenhower.

In the fifth round of the shootout, the Lady Eagles scored to make it 3-2.

When Ardmore’s Aalicia Williams stepped up to the spot, little did anyone know chaos was about to erupt.

After her initial shot went off the Lady Eagles goalkeeper, Williams watched with baited breath as the ball rolled back towards the goal.

Moments later, the assistant referee signaled that the ball had crossed the line before being saved and that the shootout would continue, much to the fury and arguments of the Lawton Eisenhower coaching staff.

Moore would register two more saves in the shootout, before Jada Terry stepped up and won the game for the Lady Tigers, giving them their second victory of the season. 

As for the Tigers, their contest went from one extreme to another from start to finish. 

Eisenhower took the lead less than three minutes into the game off a header, before Ardmore was awarded a penalty at the 34:30 mark of the first half due to a handball infraction by the Eagles.

Unfortunately, the penalty was saved, and Ardmore stayed at a 1-0 deficit.

Despite numerous chances throughout the first half, the Tigers weren’t able to break through and went into the interval down 1-0.

With less than 15 minutes to go in the second half though, Ardmore found its formula. 

Robby Musgrove made a break down the right hand side and picked out Rafael Interiano, who slotted home the equalizer, sending Noble Stadium into a frenzy.

But, the worst news of the night was yet to come for the Tigers and for their senior standout.

With less than 10 minutes to go in regulation, Interiano was on a breakaway, but then taken off the ball.

Ardmore’s worst fears then came to fruition moments later when Interiano stayed down on the turf, and eventually had to be wheeled out in a wheelchair with a leg immobilizer.

Despite the horrific accident, the Tigers pressed on and found themselves in a shootout on penalties. 

Xavier Russell tied things up at 1-1, before Issac Aguilar converted his penalty to make it 2-2.

Down by one at 3-2, Juan Lopez slotted home the equalizer to make it 3-3.

After a strong save by Orion Patterson, Ardmore was given the chance to hop in front but was denied by the crossbar.

Eisenhower then slotted home its final penalty to seal the victory.