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Class 6A boys soccer: Brandon Little Axe leads Norman North to title

Norman North 2, Tulsa Union 1 (OT) -- Senior Brandon Little Axe scored both of Norman North's goals to lift the Timberwolves to their second boys soccer state championship.
BY ERIC BAILEY, The Tulsa World Published: May 12, 2012
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photo - Norman North's Brandon Little Axe scores the game-winning goal past at Tulsa Union's Payton Miller and goal keeper Adam Holt during the boys 6A state championship soccer game in Newcastle, Okla., Saturday, May 12, 2012. Photo by Bryan Terry, The Oklahoman  BRYAN TERRY
Norman North's Brandon Little Axe scores the game-winning goal past at Tulsa Union's Payton Miller and goal keeper Adam Holt during the boys 6A state championship soccer game in Newcastle, Okla., Saturday, May 12, 2012. Photo by Bryan Terry, The Oklahoman BRYAN TERRY

Norman North wrapped up an unbeaten season, winning its second boys soccer state championship in a 2-1 overtime victory Saturday over Tulsa Union in the Class 6A title game.

Senior Brandon Little Axe scored both of the Timberwolves' goals, including the game winner with 4:26 remaining in the overtime period.

“I saw (Matt Gann) on the outside and our eyes met,” Little Axe said. “I got in front of the defense and was able to get a touch. I was one-on-one with the keeper and I have to finish those.”

North coach Geo Claros said his team started a little tense.

Cristian Mata gave the Redskins a 1-0 halftime lead by scoring in the 24th minute.

Mata, who will play at Tulsa, worked his way through three Norman North defenders in the box before rocketing a shot past Timeberwolves keeper Jackson Biles.

“This wasn't the prettiest soccer,” Claros said. “It was a game of 50-50 balls and who could get a foot on it in certain situations.”

Little Axe tied the match at 1 via penalty kick with 19:31 left in regulation.

Little Axe was fouled in the penalty box by Holt, who took down the Timberwolves' senior forward while diving for a save.

Norman North, which was ranked No. 2 by coaches but No. 3 in the nation by ESPN, finished its season at 15-0. Union, which entered as the top-ranked team in the state, ends with a 13-2-1 record.

“It's been an amazing ride,” Claros said. “This was supposed to be a down year because we lost a bunch from last year's team. It's a great group of boys ... I told the boys before the game that I wanted to have this one more than any other year because of the group it was.”