NORMAN — Perfection is no longer an option for the Norman High boys. They can still win District 6A-1 but they’re going to need some help after falling 1-0 to Edmond North on Friday night at Harve Collins Field.
The No. 2 Tigers were a step slow against the No. 4 Huskies almost from the start. They had a reasonably good reason, having gone overtime Thursday night at Southmoore.
“Tired legs and a very good team we were playing against that beat us to every ball,” described Tiger coach Gordon Drummond, summarizing the loss.
“Every ball” was hardly an exaggeration.
NHS didn’t manage a single second-half shot on Edmond North and finished the game with only four. The Tigers also earned a pair of corner kicks. Meanwhile, the Huskies collected 13 shots and seven corner kicks.
The game’s only goal arrived 10 1/2 minutes into the game after what appeared to be a fairly innocent turnover on the Edmond North side of midfield.
It wasn’t innocent at all after a single pass sent Matthew Collier sprinting down the left boundary until he found Zach Mettawattage with a cross and Mettawattage one-touched it past Tiger keeper Andrew Arledge.
The Tigers fell to 8-1 and 2-1 in the district while the Huskies improved to 9-2 and 5-0.
The next biggest game in the district is Edmond North’s next one, against No. 3 Edmond Santa Fe (9-1, 4-0) Tuesday. If Santa Fe can win that one, the Tigers can get back into the title race — assuming they first beat Putnam City West on Monday and follow it with a victory at Yukon on Tuesday — by topping Santa Fe three days later at Gordon Drummond Field.
Norman North boys 4, Westmoore 0: The Mauro Cichero show continues for the Norman North boys. Friday night at Westmoore, he was at it again, following up a four-goal game against Southmoore with a hat trick against the Jaguars.