All-City Soccer Player of the Year: SMU signee Mauro Cichero caps Norman North career in style

Mauro Cichero, The Oklahoman’s All-City Boys Player of the Year, capped off his career in style with a 17-0 campaign on his way to a second title in three years. Cichero scored 16 goals during the run, and the Southern Methodist signee said winning was the only option.
by Chris Brannick Published: June 11, 2014
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Mauro Cichero spent three years at Norman North High School. He helped his team win the Class 6A state championship in his first year, his sophomore season. The Timberwolves lost in the state championship game in Cichero’s junior year.

But Cichero, The Oklahoman’s All-City Boys Player of the Year, capped off his career in style with a 17-0 campaign on his way to a second title in three years. Cichero scored 16 goals during the run, and the Southern Methodist signee said winning was the only option.

“Coach always tells us it’s a failure if we don’t win state,” Cichero said. “It doesn’t matter if we get to the finals. We only just want to win it.”

Cichero also said he doesn’t mind that kind of pressure and it has become the norm at Norman North.

“We always have expectations from the beginning of the season,” Cichero said. “We’ve always had a good team since I’ve been here. So for us it’s always been like that. That’s what Coach tells us from Day 1.”

Norman North finished the season without a blemish. They didn’t have to deal with very many trials or speed bumps. Cichero said a midseason tournament in Alabama proved tough, and coming out with a win gave this season’s Norman North squad the bump they needed to make another run at state.

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by Chris Brannick
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Chris Brannick is a graduate of the University of Central Oklahoma, where he served as Sports Editor of The Vista, UCO's student newspaper. Originally from Utica, N.Y., he graduated from Sallisaw High School in 2003.
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