EDMOND — Beating Norman High may always be more meaningful in the moment for the Norman North girls. But topping second-ranked Edmond Memorial on the Bulldogs’ home pitch?
That might get the Timberwolves thinking in real terms about going after a Class 6A state championship.
The third-ranked T-Wolves had their way with the Bulldogs, 2-0, Tuesday night and, on the face of it, it might not appear so big.
The two teams combined for 15 shots and two goals. How big a deal could it be? Well, North coach Don Rother thought last season’s loss to Memorial set North up for a premature bounce from the postseason, robbing the T-Wolves of a second home playoff game.
Now, with a victory over their perceived-to-be biggest District 6A-2 obstacle, the T-Wolves are in the driver’s seat to claim the district crown and play host to their first two playoff contests.
Lexi Carroll continued to deliver on what’s already a big season, picking up both of North’s goals, the first coming 13 minutes into the second half and the second, icing the game, with five minutes remaining. She was assisted by Francesca Ryan on the opener and Luka Joyner on the closer.
Rother reserved special praise to his back line defenders — Bri Kuestersteffen, Simone Ryan, Bailey Smith and Rachel Gibson — and keeper Kali Newman, who held the Bulldog (4-1) offense quiet.
North (4-0) has never reached the Class 6A title game, but the T-Wolves are now much closer to designing the road map to get there.
Boys, North 4, EMHS 0: The Timberwolves pulled their record to even at 2-2 with a 4-0 shutout over the Bulldogs.
Mauro Cichero got North on the board with the only goal of the first half scored unassisted three minutes into the contest. He then added all the insurance the T-Wolves would need with a goal off an assist by Ashton Bray two minutes into the second half.
Johnathon Newton added the next goal at 58:00 off an assist from Carson Cacciatori. Bray stayed in the helpful mood, providing an assist to Luke Moore at 64:00 to give the T-Wolves their finishing stroke.
The T-Wolves ended up outshooting the Bulldogs 20-5, while keeper Daniel Taylor had two saves to seal his shutout.