Class 6A soccer: Edmond North beats Norman North for second state title

Sam Brown's putback goal at the 64:39 mark proved to be the difference as Edmond North beat Norman North 2-1 at Noble Stadium. The state title is the second for Edmond North, with the other coming in 2004.
BY MURRAY EVANS For The Oklahoman Published: May 11, 2013
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photo - Edmond North's Clay Collier, (18) and Jacob Jerles chase the ball out of bounds in the Class 6A boys state soccer championship game between Edmond North and Norman North on Saturday, May 11, 2013 in Noble, Okla.  Photo by Steve Sisney, The Oklahoman
Edmond North's Clay Collier, (18) and Jacob Jerles chase the ball out of bounds in the Class 6A boys state soccer championship game between Edmond North and Norman North on Saturday, May 11, 2013 in Noble, Okla. Photo by Steve Sisney, The Oklahoman

— Not long after scoring the go-ahead goal on Saturday afternoon in the Class 6A boys soccer title game, Edmond North's Sam Brown hobbled off the field, but he and the rest of the Huskies felt just fine about 20 minutes later.

Brown's putback goal at the 64:39 mark proved to be the difference as Edmond North beat Norman North 2-1 at Noble Stadium. The state title is the second for Edmond North, with the other coming in 2004.

Norman North (13-4), which was seeking a second straight title and fifth overall, lost for the first time in regulation all season. All three of the Timberwolves' previous losses came in shootouts.

Edmond North (15-2) trailed 1-0 at halftime, and coach Christopher Waugh told his team to leave everything on the field. The Huskies played more aggressively in the second half and at one point had outshot Norman North 10-1 during the half, before the Timberwolves tried to stage a late-game rally.

The Huskies finished with a 15-13 edge in shots for the game.

“We were down 1-0 at halftime in '04 and we came back and won it,” Waugh said. “I told the guys, ‘I feel it. I know you guys have got this.' We've been resilient all year. Sure enough, they came back and did that same thing.

“We kept pushing and pushing. These guys fought for it and deserve it.”

Edmond North tied the game at the 61:07 mark off the Huskies' only corner kick of the game. Avery Sanderson delivered the cross and Clay Collier headed it past Norman North goalkeeper Daniel Taylor.

The Huskies went ahead less than three minutes later. Trevor Moore took a powerful shot from about 20 yards out that Taylor blocked, but couldn't corral. Brown was there to put in the rebound.

“You've got to give that to Trevor Moore right there,” said Brown, who played the game wearing a brace to protect an injured shoulder. “It was a heck of a shot by him and I just happened to be there.”