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High school soccer: Northwest Classen's Terry Arnold takes to soccer quickly

Northwest Classen soccer coach Daniel DeSouza talked football standout Terry Arnold into becoming a goalkeeper, and the move has paid off to help Northwest to the 5A title game.
by Ryan Aber Published: May 11, 2012
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Terry Arnold wasn't sure what to think when Northwest Classen soccer coach Daniel DeSouza approached him a year ago about taking up the sport.

Arnold was comfortable with playing football and basketball and hadn't played soccer since he was about 8.

About two months ago, though, DeSouza finally broke through and convinced Arnold to give it a try.

Saturday, Arnold will be in goal for the Knights when they play Cascia Hall at 5 p.m. at Edmond North for the Class 5A title.

“Words can't express what this is like,” Arnold said. “God works in mysterious ways.”

DeSouza immediately was drawn to Arnold's athleticism after seeing him play football.

“I saw how well-coordinated he was and his vertical leap was just incredible,” DeSouza said. “I knew I'd love to have him play goalkeeper.”

Arnold had never played goalkeeper before and had hoped to play college football, but a foot fracture cut his senior season short.

DeSouza knew from seeing Arnold play football and basketball the raw skills he would bring.

He wasn't expecting to see the soccer instincts come as quickly as they did.

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by Ryan Aber
OU Athletics Reporter
Ryan Aber has worked for The Oklahoman since 2006, covering high schools, the Oklahoma City RedHawks, the Oklahoma City Barons and OU football recruiting. An Oklahoma City native, Aber graduated from Northeastern State. Before joining The...
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