It wasn’t even close.
Maybe that’s the first thing to remember when considering what the Norman North girls did Friday afternoon at John Crain Field, crushing Edmond Memorial 3-0 to claim, at long last, the program’s first state championship.
The Timberwolves were the better team up front, the better team in the midfield and the better team in back.
They might have been better in goal, too, but you’d never know because Kali Newman was hardly tested thanks to the fine work of her defense, while Memorial freshman Courtney Glenn was outstanding, limiting North two two goals when it could have had five before she left late in the second half, her coach allowing senior Carly Caplinger to log some Class 6A title-game time.
What began, really, the first night of he playoffs, continued all the way through, as the T-Wolves played their best game of the season in four consecutive turns on the pitch: the round of 16, the round of eight, semifinal and championship.
Lexi Carroll scored the first goal on anticipation and guile. Hannah Livingston, off a Carroll corner kick, scored the second with a beautiful header almost from the top of the box. Finally, Haley Woodard, who’d been stoned more than once by Glenn, slipped one past Caplinger with 18:10 remaining.
There was no wave of joyful tears — though there were a few to be sure — only because the Timberwolves had about half an hour to come to terms with the moment they’d so artfully created. Everybody’d been hugged several times before the buzzer.