EDMOND — Madi Smith and Deer Creek's girls finished the job this year.
The Antlers beat Carl Albert 1-0 Saturday at Edmond North to win the Class 5A girls soccer state championship, vindicating a group of seniors who were denied the title a year ago.
“We fell short last year, and it was tough to take,” said coach Stuart Hilton. “They came back this year with the sole goal in mind to go win it. We set that goal from Day 1.”
Smith has signed to play college soccer at Oklahoma, and three other seniors — Roman Edwards (Tulsa), Allison Worsham (Oklahoma City) and Maddie Windham (Oklahoma Baptist) — will also play at the next level.
“I'm so happy and so blessed with a good team,” Smith said. “(The senior class) is so strong. They're great leaders; it took every single one of us.”
Smith scored Deer Creek's goal in the first half, and the team held off a tough Carl Albert team that in no way resembled the Titans squad the Antlers beat 4-0 last month.
“Every game is different,” Hilton said. “This is a state final; they're not going to lay down and die. But we knew we had enough quality to take care of what we needed to do.”
After the way last year ended, Smith said, “We weren't going to lose.”
Hilton said: “They didn't take anything for granted; they practiced day in and day out with the same attitude, and they got the reward. I couldn't be prouder.”