Class 5A girls soccer: Carl Albert looking for that first win over Deer Creek

The Titans have never defeated Deer Creek in Jeremy Hymel's five years as the Carl Albert coach, including twice in the state championship game.
by Ed Godfrey Published: May 9, 2013
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photo - CLASS 5A GIRLS HIGH SCHOOL SOCCER / STATE TOURNAMENT: / CELEBRATION Deer Creek celebrates during the girls 5A soccer state championship game between Deer Creek and Carl Albert at Edmond North High School in Edmond, Okla., Saturday, May 12, 2012. Photo by Sarah Phipps, The Oklahoman
CLASS 5A GIRLS HIGH SCHOOL SOCCER / STATE TOURNAMENT: / CELEBRATION Deer Creek celebrates during the girls 5A soccer state championship game between Deer Creek and Carl Albert at Edmond North High School in Edmond, Okla., Saturday, May 12, 2012. Photo by Sarah Phipps, The Oklahoman

Carl Albert girls soccer coach Jeremy Hymel really wants to beat Deer Creek.

The Titans have never defeated Deer Creek in Hymel's six years as the Carl Albert coach, including twice in the state championship game.

Carl Albert is back in the Class 5A state championship game Friday night for the fourth time in seven years and again the opponent is Deer Creek.

The Titans are looking for their first state title in girls' soccer while Deer Creek is the defending state champion. The Antlers defeated the Titans, 1-0, in last year's state championship game.

“Last year was the first year my girls believed we could have beaten them,” Hymel said. “We should have won the finals. I thought we were the better team, but soccer doesn't always happen that way.”

Both the Titans and the Antlers are back in the state title game even though both rely heavily on freshmen. Carl Albert starts six freshmen and Deer Creek starts five.

“That's pretty uncommon I would say,” Hymel said. “I don't think it is surprising based on the talent of our freshmen.”

It's a byproduct of club soccer, where girls begin playing competitively at a young age, Hymel said.

“They are just going to keep pouring into Carl Albert,” said Hymel, who expects four more freshmen to battle for starting positions next season.

It's the same at Deer Creek, where girls from club soccer programs dominate the roster. Some of the Carl Albert and Deer Creek players are teammates on the same club team.

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by Ed Godfrey
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Ed Godfrey was born in Muskogee and raised in Stigler. He has worked at The Oklahoman for 25 years. During that time, he has worked a myriad of beats for The Oklahoman including both the federal and county courthouse in Oklahoma City for more...
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