Class 5A girls soccer: Deer Creek freshman Lauren Haivala scores twice as Antlers take state

Deer Creek beats Carl Albert for the second straight season. Antlers have bright future with five freshmen in starting lineup.
BY MURRAY EVANS, For The Oklahoman Published: May 10, 2013
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photo - Deer Creek players celebrate their championship in the Class 5A girls state soccer championship game between Deer Creek and Carl Albert on Friday, May 10, 2013 in Noble, Okla.  Photo by Steve Sisney, The Oklahoman
Deer Creek players celebrate their championship in the Class 5A girls state soccer championship game between Deer Creek and Carl Albert on Friday, May 10, 2013 in Noble, Okla. Photo by Steve Sisney, The Oklahoman

Moments later, the Titans nearly went ahead, as Courtney Essary's booming shot from 30 yards banged off the crossbar.

In the 57th minute, Haivala's cross from the right side set up Mikayla Lowery for a shot from eight yards, but Egler made the point-blank save. The Antlers missed another chance when senior Sophia Brazil sent a shot from 25 yards over the crossbar in the 61st minute.

But Deer Creek finally broke through in the 65th minute. A foul on the Titans gave Deer Creek freshman Taylor Reed a free kick on the far right side of the field, about 32 yards out of the goal. Three Antlers were lined up in the penalty box to try to head Reed's cross into the goal and Haivala was the one who did so.

“After that play, I jokingly said, ‘Maybe I should coach soccer,' because that was exactly what we had drawn up,” Deer Creek co-coach Matt Fansher said. “It worked well for us.

“To get two goals on set-piece goals on free kicks — we've worked all year on set pieces, so we were happy to get one, let alone two.”

Egler finished with seven saves for Carl Albert, while Weaver had four for the Antlers.

Carl Albert played six freshmen on Friday, meaning it's quite possible there will be big games between the Titans and Antlers for the foreseeable future.

“The years to come are going to be great battles between these two schools,” Fansher said.