The Norman Transcript

April 13, 2013

Two in a row too much forTigers

By Clay Horning
The Norman Transcript

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.

Cichero now has 11 tallies in just his last four games and most of them, including all three Friday, have been assisted by Ashton Bray.

Carson Cacciatori put North (7-3, 4-0 District 6A-2) on top for good 19 minutes into the game with a goal that was also assisted by Bray. Cichero followed in the 29th, 43rd and 53rd minute.

Norman North girls 3, Westmoore 0: It took 43 minutes for the Norman North girls to finally crack the scoreboard, but once they did they were just getting started at Westmoore Friday night.

Luka Joyner, assisted by Bailey Smith, broke a scoreless tie that became 2-0 only 4 minutes later when Francesca Ryan scored with help from Lexi Carroll. Three minutes before it ended, Ryan set up Sheridan Spellman for North’s (8-1-1, 4-0 District 6A-2) final tally.

Noble girls 7, Duncan 0: The Noble girls may be the best kept soccer secret in the state. Unranked, they made it 10 straight wins without a loss Friday night, knocking off Duncan in a game that was never close.

Jesse Goodner scored four goals for the Bears (10-0, 4-0 District 5A-2), Anna Williamson added two and Emma Gade 1 in yet another lopsided victory.

Since district play began, the Bears have outscored the competition 21-1. That one goal, belonging to El Reno, is the only goal the Bears have allowed all season.

Clay Horning

Follow me @clayhorning

For local news and more, subscribe to The Norman Transcript Smart Edition, or our print edition.