NORMAN — The Santa Fe South Saints didn’t have to overcome too many obstacles this season. But losing the last two Class 4A state soccer championships offered plenty of motivation for this year’s squad.
Third time is a charm.
Santa Fe South defeated Southeast 2-0 in Saturday’s state championship game to finish the season 16-1.
Coach Wes Furley told his team after the match he was sorry it took three years. Mount St. Mary defeated Santa Fe South in 2012, and Poteau won last year in two overtimes.
“It probably feels better because of the losses,” Furley said. “When you taste it and taste it and never get to experience it, it’s so much sweeter when you finally do.”
Southeast put up quite the fight. The match was scoreless at halftime. But when Enrique Garcia squared up to shoot from point-blank range in the second half, there was nothing Southeast goalkeeper Paulo Lopez could do about it. Garcia put the ball in the back of the net to give Santa Fe South a 1-0 lead.
Furley said the Saints are definitely a second-half team. He said once they calmed down and put all the hoopla of the state championship behind them they settled down and got into their game. Nazaret Hernandez earned the clean sheet in goal for Santa Fe South. The junior saved five shots from Southeast.
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