NORMAN — The sixth-ranked Norman North boys may struggle to see the game they’ve played as it really was.
Monday night, playing a make-up district contest against seventh-ranked U.S. Grant, the Timberwolves could be forgiven for being a little weary.
Sunday, they returned home from Huntsville, Ala., site of the Southern Soccer Showcase after playing one game Friday and two games Saturday.
“In the beginning, we had to get our legs underneath us,” forward Jonathan Newton said.
Only the T-Wolves appeared urgent. In what became a 4-0 victory, they owned first-half possession, even into a heavy prevailing wind. They scored three of their four goals. They moved the ball with precision.
“I thought we were able to move the ball well in the back and our forwards were able to check to the ball more because we were passing the ball better in the back,” explained Newton.
But while it looked pretty good, the T-Wolves still felt they were dragging.
“Tonight, I kind of throw out the window because the energy we normally have wasn’t there,” coach Geo Claros said.
Junior midfielder Mauro Cichero scored the T-Wolves’ first and second goals, the opener on a screaming low left-to-right penalty kick and the follow-up on a screaming low left-to-right rocket from about 18 yards after Ashton Bray put the ball on his foot. Still, Cichero wasn’t that impressed either.
“We came out pretty strong in Alabama … We came into this game kind of tired,” he said.
North outshot Grant 11-2 and won all seven of the game’s corner kicks.
Bray picked up a second assist on North’s third goal, off the foot of Ethan Dvorak.
The finally tally came just 91 seconds into the second half. Bray started it with a long throw-in from deep in Grant territory, off which a Newton header found the head of Carson Cacciatori, who flicked it past Grant keeper Keanu Duran.