By Clay Horning
The Norman Transcript
EDMOND — Had it ended the way it looked like it was going to end, Norman North boys coach Geo Claros was prepared not to be too upset. He liked the way his team was staying after it, even if he didn’t like how it continued a season-long struggle to put the ball in the net.
Then the dam broke.
The Timberwolves got goals from Jacob Jerles, Sage Moore and Mauro Cichero in the 78th, 79th and 80th minute, turning a 1-0 nail-biter — in which Edmond Santa Fe had a couple real chances to tie it late — into a 4-0 whitewash.
An out-of-district game, by definition, the victory was less important than what the T-Wolves (10-0, 4-0 District 6A-2) have remaining on their regular season schedule. At the same time, it was just the game North had been looking for, one that may serve to propel it toward the postseason playing its best soccer.
“In past games, when it hasn’t been easy, we’ve put our heads down,” Claros said. “I love the hunger. This is the kind of soccer we want to play.”
Speaking to his team afterward, Claros told his players they offered the kind of effort he’d been looking for.
“All it takes is being persistent, persistent, persistent,” he said, “and then the floodgates opened.”
It was Kyle Johnson who actually scored the game-winning goal, way back in the 21st minute. But it was the finishing flurry that had the T-Wolves feeling better than they’ve felt all season.
Community Christian boys 3, Classen 1: The Royals are not about to exit the Class 4A playoff hunt. Thursday night, against Classen, CCS trailed 1-0 until deep into the second half. But that was when Chris Abernethy, with a little help from his friends, went back-to-back-to-back, nailing down a second-half hat trick that moved the Royals (6-5, 3-2 District 4A-4) that much closer to the playoffs.
Each goal was assisted. In order, the helpers belonged to Luke Sturtz, Jaden Stecklow and Stephen Bradley.
CCS outshot Classen 16 to 12 and earned seven corner kicks to Classen’s three.
Classen girls 8, Community Christian 0: The hard times continued for the CCS girls Thursday night. Seriously shorthanded, they allowed five goals to Classen over the game’s first 24:22.
“Our girls just have a lot of character,” CCS coach Angela Madory said. “They just keep working hard regardless. They play every minute like it’s 0-0.”
The Royals (4-6, 2-3 District 4A-4) are off until meeting Oklahoma Christian School this coming Thursday.
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