NORMAN — Deer Creek’s Mikayla Lowery had quite the day Saturday.
Fresh off helping the Antlers win a team track title, the senior shined on Oklahoma’s John Crain Field for the soccer team.
She scored two goals and had an assist as Deer Creek pulled away from Carl Albert 4-1 to win its third straight Class 5A championship and second straight over the Titans.
“It’s insane,” Deer Creek co-head coach Misty Thompson said. “She led the team on her back working hard.”
The Antlers now have five state titles, four since 2009. Their first title came in 1994, when they were a Class 4A team.
“I think some people didn’t think it could be done,” Lowery said about winning three straight. “It’s good to show them.”
There was little answer for the offensive onslaught Deer Creek unleashed in the second half, the result of switching to a 4-3-3 formation.
“It was effective,” Lowery said. “We needed to focus more on attacking. When we put three forwards up top, that helped us out a lot and put their backs under pressure. It wore them down so we were able to work around them.”
Madi May tied the game at 1-all with a goal with 30:47 remaining on a nice assist from Lowery, who then took over by scoring two of the next three to seal the victory.
“The team got me there,” she said. “They did all the work behind me and I had to kick it in the goal.”
Carl Albert jumped to a 1-0 lead in the first half on a goal from Lexi Blackwell at the 29:08 mark.
But that would be all the offense the Titans would muster, as they shot on goal 11 times, six of which Deer Creek goalie Hayley Weaver blocked.
“They really had to dig to get their success and win,” Thompson said. “It all leads up to building up themselves and finding their true champion hearts.”