NORMAN — The talented Norman North girls soccer team turned in one of its most dominant performances on Friday with a state championship on the line.
The Timberwolves claimed the Class 6A state title, the school’s first ever, with a commanding 3-0 victory over Edmond Memorial at OU.
“I’m just really, really proud of everyone because we worked so hard and earned this,” said forward Lexi Carroll. “At halftime, we talked about wanting to show people how dominant we are (in the second half). A 1-0 lead is very risky. We knew we didn’t want to let them keep it close.”
Carroll opened the scoring in first half off an assist from Francesca Ryan. Carroll made her presence known again in the second half when her corner kick found Hannah Livingston with just over 30 minutes remaining to extend the Timberwolves’ lead to 2-0.
Norman North (15-2) put it away as forward Haley Woodard broke away from her defender, drew the keeper out, and snuck a third goal into the net with just over 18 minutes to play.
A strong backline and midfield performance didn’t allow many chances for Edmond Memorial (14-3). When the Bulldogs were able to create chances, OU signee Kali Newman kept them off the board with five saves.
“We don’t have any holes, and that makes it difficult on opponents,” said Norman North coach Don Rother. “(Edmond Memorial) started out with a lot of energy, but they don’t have the depth that we do. Our senior class turned this program into something that’s really respected. Being able to do this with them, that’s the best part for me.”
The Timberwolves ended their season on a 13-game winning streak capped by wins over top 10 teams in their final three postseason games.
“Each playoff game we got a little better,” Rother said. “It comes from having great senior leadership.”