The Norman Transcript

Local Sports

May 7, 2013

Resilient T-Wolves ready for soccer playoff battle

NORMAN — It’s easy to become used to the Norman North boys’ dominance on the soccer field. It’s so easy that it becomes easy to forget the Timberwolves’ season only recently turned dominant, and a lot of good it did them Tuesday night against Norman High, when North had to go 12 kickers deep to finally win a shootout for the ages.

But that’s how the T-Wolves escaped the Tigers, winning by an official count of 2-1, thereby earning the right to play at 7 tonight, against Owasso on the Rams’ home pitch, the winner to meet the winner of Edmond North and Union for the Class 6A state championship.

If North gets there, it will not only be playing for a second straight state title and a third in four seasons, but it will also have continued a season-long storyline of resiliency, for it’s a season that has included obstacles many bunches of former T-Wolves have not had to traverse.

For one (or two or three), there have been losses.

Broken Arrow topped North in a shootout, then NHS did the same in the T-Wolves’ very next game. That required the ship first being righted, and it was, with a huge 4-0 victory over Edmond Memorial, North’s district opener.

Then came at trip to the Southern Soccer Challenge, where North won twice before losing another shootout, to Memphis University Boys Prep School.

The T-Wolves had to respond from there in district play, playing three games in five days after returning from Huntsville, Ala., the first three of an eight-game winning streak that remains ongoing.

Now, facing the Rams, North must deal with the loss of two starters: center midfielder Cole Johnson to a torn ACL, suffered against Norman High, and outside defender Matt Gann to mononucleosis.

Text Only | Photo Reprints
Local Sports
  • North girls escape with win over ESF

    EDMOND — Ranked No. 5 in the state and the winners of six straight games, three of them over top 10 teams, the Norman North girls looked every bit the dominant team Thursday night at Edmond Santa Fe … right up until they flirted with ...

    April 18, 2014

  • Tigers take series with Timberwolves

    Heather Jones made her final Crosstown Clash contest a game to remember....

    April 18, 2014

  • T-Wolves take over late

    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 ...

    April 18, 2014

  • Pistons Thunder Basketball Thunder go all out against Pistons

    OKLAHOMA CITY —  Heading into the final game of the regular season, Oklahoma City coach didn't want to hear anything about a night off. With his team riding a two-game losing streak and fighting for playoff positioning, he treated it like a playoff game.
     

    April 17, 2014 2 Photos

  • Clash tennis Timberwolves win girls’ Clash before boys’ dual ends in a draw

    And Crosstown Clash tennis dominance goes too … Norman North, sort of....

    April 17, 2014 1 Photo

  • Fuller Westmoore's Fuller signs with Oklahoma Christian

    OKLAHOMA CITY — Tripp Fuller was looking for a school that fit him. One where the Westmoore senior would feel at home at....

    April 17, 2014 1 Photo

  • North nearer to filling coaching vacancies

    A host of coaching positions in Norman are open for next year....

    April 17, 2014

  • Injuries taking a toll on CCS girls squad

    If luck, like karma, is supposed to come back around, Community Christian’s girls soccer team has a lot to look forward to because, right now, they’re living the other side of the equation....

    April 16, 2014

  • Tigers suffer smashing loss to Stillwater in second meeting

    Monday’s game against Stillwater showed exactly how good Norman High can be when it’s playing well. The Tigers held a lead in that game over 21-1 Stillwater, and had a chance to win it before the Pioneers staged a late comeback....

    April 16, 2014

  • North remains perfect in district

    Norman North remained a perfect 10-0 in district play with their second straight win over Lawton Eisenhower. After beating Ike 11-1 Monday, the Timberwolves turned around and hammered the Eagles 13-1 Tuesday night....

    April 16, 2014