NOBLE — 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.”
The Timberwolves had two good chances to score in the final minutes. The first came after Edmond North's Alex Mullet received a yellow card after a confrontation with Norman North's Sage Moore at the 71:36 mark. That gave Norman North a free kick about 21 yards from the goal. Norman North's leading scorer, Mauro Cichero, took the kick, but it was blocked by the Huskies' four-man wall.
In the 75th minute, an Edmond North defender cleared the ball off the goal line and the ball went to Norman North's Jonathan Newton, who shot from just outside the penalty box, but Edmond North goalkeeper David Atkins smothered the ball for the last of his four saves. Taylor also had four saves for the Timberwolves.
Norman North had the best scoring chances in the first half and broke through in the 33rd minute. Ryan Johnson sent a cross from about 35 yards out on the left side deep into the penalty area, where Carson Cacciatori headed it past Atkins into the right side of the goal.
But the Timberwolves proved unable to generate much offense in the second half, as Edmond North's back line of Ross Stewart, Jason Rinehart, Collier and Zac Medawattage shut down Cichero, who scored 22 goals this season.
“The second half has been a problem for us in the playoffs,” Norman North coach Geo Claros said. “We've been giving up goals. … We've been coming out flat, just trying to hope our way across the finish line. You can't do that.”