“We weren’t able to finish chances,” North senior midfielder Lexi Carroll said. “There were plenty of times we could have scored.”
Melton made two saves before making two more in the shootout. Meanwhile, Newman turned back nine Redskin shots, two of which, off the foot of Union’s Megan Thomas, a lesser keeper probably doesn’t stop.
North just couldn’t turn its possession into real scoring opportunities.
“We were so focused on getting the ball through (Union’s defense) that we weren’t looking for feet,” Simone Ryan said.
Both Rother and his players said the squad came out nervous and anxious, but that they thought things got better as the game went along.
“When we were within 35 yards of the goal, I thought we were trying to go 1,000 miles an hour,” Rother said. “If you slow down and make that extra pass it gives you more options.”
Maybe next time.
The loss sets up a very unusual Crosstown Clash Tuesday night at John Crain Field, one in which both North and Norman High will both be looking for their first win.
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