“To have it so close and to have it taken away has been a huge motivation for us this year,” Furley said.
The Saints, whose only state soccer title was in 2009, has seven starters back from last year's state runner-up squad.
Santa Fe South's only three losses this season have been to Class 6A clubs. The Saints lost to Enid and Edmond Santa Fe in the Stillwater Cup and were defeated by U.S. Grant in the regular season.
Junior Everado Gonzalez and senior Edgar Moreno are the Saints two best players.
Santa Fe South plays at Fort Gibson in the Class 4A semifinals Tuesday night.
ANOTHER DEER CREEK, CARL ALBERT SHOWDOWN?
Deer Creek and Carl Albert are each one win away from meeting again in the Class 5A girls' state championship game.
Defending state champion Deer Creek hosts Tulsa Edison on Tuesday night in a Class 5A semifinal. Carl Albert is home against Tulsa Washington in the other.
Some coaches think Deer Creek is the best team in any class this season.
“They could be challenging for a 6A title this year,” Piedmont coach Brad Brucker said.
Deer Creek, 12-3, has a talented freshmen class and starts five of them.
“We just had to figure out where to place them,” Deer Creek coach Misty Thompson said. “Once we did, we have been pretty successful.”
The Antlers only losses this season have been to Edmond Memorial and to two teams in an elite Kansas City, Mo., Tournament.
Carl Albert, 10-5, starts six freshmen. Four of the five Titans' losses were to Class 6A playoff teams: Edmond North, Putnam City North and twice to Mustang. The Titans other loss was to Deer Creek.
Carl Albert coach Jeremy Hymel credits most of the Titans' success to defense and senior goal keeper Janessa Egler.
“She has made a lot of saves,” he said. “She has done a great job leading our team.”
NORMAN NORTH SURVIVES SHOOTOUT
Norman North, 12-3, plays at Owasso in a Class 6A semifinal Tuesday after the Timberwolves survived a thrilling 2-1 win over Norman in a quarterfinals shootout.
Twelve players on each side kicked in the shootout before it was finally decided 10-9 in favor of Norman North, the defending state champs.
“It's definitely a crazy situation,” Timberwolves coach Geo Claros said of the long shootout. “Honestly, I didn't even know you went through 10 shooters and then you could recycle your shooters. I didn't know the rule.”
Norman's Gordon Drummond just finished his 29th year as head coach of the Tigers.
“I have never gone to 12 shooters before,” Drummond said. “I never experienced anything like that. It was really exciting.”
It also was a painful loss for Norman, which finished its season 13-2.
“We could have flooded the field with tears,” Drummond said.