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

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.”



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