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March 29, 2014

NHS recovers from tough loss with easy win

MUSTANG — Norman High boys soccer coach Gordon Drummond, following Thursday’s comeback loss to Jenks at the Bronco Cup, had a message for his players prior to Friday’s kickoff with Guymon.

“I told the boys before we played that this game was for us to prove something to ourselves and not to anybody else,” he said.

The Tigers responded with a 5-1 victory over a team that had played a good Mustang team to a 1-0 decision only the day before.

“They went out and proved that we could play very good defense and that we could go out and score some goals,” Drummond said.

The Tigers were supposed to beat Guymon, which is also calls itself the Tigers, but perhaps by not nearly so great a margin,

Still, it was an onslaught, with all five goals coming in the first 38 minutes. After that, Drummond, trying to keep his team fresh heading into Tuesday night’s district opener against Edmond North, gave many of his front-line players some rest.

Reed Shafer-Ray, who set up NHS’ only goal against Jenks the day before, enjoyed a monster game with the contest’s first goal and a pair of assists. Also, Theo Ostas scored for the second time in two days, while Travis Crain, Haydn Jones and Chandler Welbourne, back the day after suffering a foot injury in the Jenks’ loss, added to the scoring.

Guymon was competitive, winning a trio of corner kicks to NHS’ 10 and making Tiger keeper Austin Earley make three saves to preserve his shutout.

The No. 6 Tigers will try to exit the Bronco Cup a winner when they kick off at noon today against No. 11 Owasso.

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