High school soccer: Northwest Classen remains a team to beat

Class 5A state champ a year ago, Northwest Classen is again making noise in the playoffs
by Ed Godfrey Published: May 6, 2013
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photo - CLASS 5A HIGH SCHOOL SOCCER / STATE TOURNAMENT / CELEBRATION: Northwest Classen celebrates their win in the boys 5A soccer state championship game over Cascia Hall at Edmond North High School in Edmond, Okla., Saturday, May 12, 2012. Photo by Sarah Phipps, The Oklahoman
CLASS 5A HIGH SCHOOL SOCCER / STATE TOURNAMENT / CELEBRATION: Northwest Classen celebrates their win in the boys 5A soccer state championship game over Cascia Hall at Edmond North High School in Edmond, Okla., Saturday, May 12, 2012. Photo by Sarah Phipps, The Oklahoman

“We have two games to go. I don't want to speak prematurely, but the boys are beginning to think they can win it all. That's where I want them to be.”

The Knights' top playmaker this season has been junior Thian Bawi, who leads the team with 10 goals.

“He was quite a handful for the (Western Heights) defenders,” Desouza said. “Every time he had the ball there were five players converging on him.”

The Knights have not been as explosive offensively as last season, but they have found a way to win in the playoffs.

“We haven't scored as many goals, but we're OK with that as long as we win,” Desouza said. “We are not complaining.”

Northwest was just 8-5 in the regular season, but Desouza said his club lost several close games due to inexperience.

“We have a really young squad, and they were just not experienced enough to know how to finish games,” he said.

But now Northwest is peaking at the right time.

“I think it is all coming together,” Desouza said.

by Ed Godfrey
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Ed Godfrey was born in Muskogee and raised in Stigler. He has worked at The Oklahoman for 25 years. During that time, he has worked a myriad of beats for The Oklahoman including both the federal and county courthouse in Oklahoma City for more...
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