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May 17, 2014

Norman North turns championship game into laugher

NORMAN — It wasn’t even close.

Maybe that’s the first thing to remember when considering what the Norman North girls did Friday afternoon at John Crain Field, crushing Edmond Memorial 3-0 to claim the program’s first state soccer championship.

The Timberwolves were the better team up front, the better team in the midfield and the better team in back. 

They might have been better in goal, too, but you’d never know because Kali Newman was hardly tested thanks to the fine work of her defense. 

Meanwhile, Memorial freshman Courtney Glenn had to be outstanding to limit North to two goals when it could have had five before she left late in the second half, her coach allowing senior Carly Caplinger to log some Class 6A title game time.

What began the first night of the playoffs continued all the way to the end, as the T-Wolves played their best game of the season in four consecutive turns on the pitch: the round of 16, the round of eight, Tuesday’s semifinal and Friday’s championship.

“Our goal was to win state and we realized now is the time to step it up, and we brought all of our momentum and all of our hard work and channeled it into these four games,” said Newman, an Oklahoma signee, who will soon call John Crain Field her soccer home.

Lexi Carroll scored the first goal on anticipation and guile. Hannah Livingston, off a Carroll corner kick, scored the second with a beautiful header almost from the top of the box. Finally, Haley Woodard, who’d been stoned more than once by Glenn, slipped one past Caplinger with 18:10 remaining.

There was no wave of joyful tears only because the Timberwolves had about half an hour to come to terms with the moment they’d created. Everybody’d been hugged several times before the buzzer.

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