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Class 5A boys soccer: Northwest Classen wins school's first team title since 1985

CLASS 5A BOYS SOCCER -- Northwest Classen's Juan Campos wasn't even sure he wanted to play soccer at one point this season. Good thing for Northwest Classen he stuck with it. Campos scored the game-winning goal Saturday to lift his school to the state championship.
BY JASON KERSEY Published: May 12, 2012

EDMOND — Northwest Classen's Juan Campos thought about quitting midway through his senior soccer season.

He sat down with his friend and fellow senior, Juan Garcia, and the two talked about Campos' lack of playing time.

Garcia looked his friend in the eyes and asked him, “Is this really what you want?”

“I could see in his eyes that he didn't really want to quit,” Garcia said. “His heart was still in the game.”

It's a good thing for the Knights, who beat Cascia Hall 3-2 in double overtime Saturday to win the Class 5A state championship.

Scoring the winning goal was none other than Campos, whose time had finally come.

“During preseason I was starting, but I went through a rocky patch,” Campos said. “I felt like quitting in the middle of the season, but they say quitters never win. Juan Garcia and the coaches kept me going, and here I am.”

The championship is the first team title in any sport for Northwest Classen since 1985.

“It's unbelievable; I cannot put it in words,” said coach Daniel DeSouza. “The boys have worked really, really hard all year. They've been working three and four hours a day; that's how bad they wanted this for the school and the school district.”

DeSouza is especially proud of Campos. The coach kept telling the distraught senior that his time would come if he kept working hard.

“Today, he showed up and got the job done on the biggest stage,” DeSouza said. “I couldn't be more proud of him.”