Panthers win, set up big matchConvincing victories by Putnam City North and Norman North on Tuesday set up a second-round boys soccer match worthy of a state final. PC North, ranked No. 1 in Class 6A all season, beat Edmond Memorial, which was ranked second for much of the season, 3-0 in an opening-round match. Meanwhile, Norman North blasted Yukon 8-1, setting up a quarterfinal meeting between the T-Wolves and Panthers Friday night at Norman North. "That’s a dream game, isn’t it?” said PC North coach Tom Pecore. "It will be a great game. The playoffs are extremely competitive this year. This was the best first round (of games) I’ve seen.” Jaccob Rangel scored a pair of goals, and center back Kevin Cabello added his team-best 12th score of the season for the Panthers (13-1). "It was a great game,” Pecore said. "The wind kept it closer than it should have been. But Kevin Cabello once again proved he is the best big man in the state, and the boys played terrific. The wind hurt both teams, but as far as the run of the game, it was us all the way.”
Smith leads T-Wolves rompNorman North junior Will Smith netted his third hat trick of the season in the Timberwolves’ win over Yukon. Taylor McCauley scored twice, while JT Harrison, Jordan Moxley and Gus Jenson added one each. The T-Wolves (12-3) put almost half of their 19 shots in the goal and scored four goals in each half.
4A champs rollSanta Fe South took the first step toward a second straight Class 4A title by beating Woodward 6-0. Ramiro Becerra scored twice and added two assists as the Saints outshot the Boomers 26-5.
Mustang girls top NormanMustang got a historical monkey off its back with a 3-1 victory over longtime nemesis Norman on Tuesday. Mustang moved to 14-1 and will meet Westmoore in Friday’s quarterfinal round. But to get there the Broncos had to beat a team that knocked them out of the playoffs seven times in a 10-year span and once (from 1991-1995) ended Mustang’s season five straight years by a combined score of 30-0. Tuesday, Tyler Barajas scored a goal and had an assist, while Bailey Boulware scored her 20th goal of the season and Alissa Jones had two assists. Perennial power Norman stayed even with the Broncos in the first half as Lauren Goodman scored off an assist from Mackenzie Burkhart. The seven-time state champion Tigers close the season at 10-4.
Huskies record shutout winEdmond North’s girls, ranked second in Class 6A, bested Norman North 3-0 as Courtney Dike collected a playoff hat trick. Sherri Collins, Camille Sanders and Carly Yates each had assists in the Huskies’ win. The victory sends Edmond North up against rival Edmond Memorial in Friday’s quarterfinals.
Irish rock Lawton MacWith Alexa Gonce collecting three goals and two assists and CC Guzman adding a hat trick and an assist, McGuinness beat Lawton MacArthur 7-0 in the Class 5A girls playoffs. The Irish outshot Mac 41-5, and McGuinness keeper Elyse Hight posted her 11th shutout of the season.
Memorial shines late in winEdmond Memorial’s girls scored three second-half goals to send their match into overtime and then got the game-winner to knock off Putnam City North 4-3. Maddi Hillis had two scores and an assist in the 15th-ranked Bulldogs’ upset of the fifth-ranked Panthers. Edmond Memorial moved to 6-4 on the season, while PC North closes at 10-5.