NORMAN — Now, perhaps, the whole state understands the threat posed by Norman North’s Mauro Cichero on the soccer pitch. Or, at least, that sliver of it they saw watching the Cox Game of the Week on Tuesday night, the one that saw the Timberwolves easily blast past Mustang 5-0.
Live and in color, and through the miracle of instant replay too, Cichero scored one goal, set up another and delivered enough magical touches, even when they didn’t amount to anything, to fill up plenty of color commentary.
Also, Jacob Jerles added two goals and the tandem of Ashton Bray and Curtis McRae — both headed to Central Arkansas together to play their college soccer — put the T-Wolves up for good in the middle of the first half, Bray assisting McCrae, with the game’s first goal.
“We had some very nice goals,” North coach Geo Claros said.
Cichero, who had seven goals in his previous two games, may have delivered the nicest, scoring just 15 seconds before the half when, from about 25 yards, he played the ball to himself and let fly with his left foot.
The T-Wolves outshot Mustang 22-2, secured seven corner kicks to the Broncos’ one and made Daniel Taylor a very lonely goalkeeper. He did not face his first shot until deep into the second half.
Basically, North continued what it’s been doing since returning from the Southern Soccer Showcase in Huntsville, Ala.
After exiting with their third shootout loss of the season, the T-Wolves (8-3, 5-0 District 6A-2) have turned around and run off a quartet of district victories, outscoring opponents 19-2 along the way.
“We won 50-50 balls. We did pretty much everything we needed to do,” said Jerles, a sophomore forward, who tallied North’s final two goals. “We created a lot of chances and that’s what we need to do heading into the playoffs.”