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March 9, 2013

Broken Arrow wins shootout to upset North

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NORMAN —

Claros didn’t like the nature of the T-Wolves’ attack.

“We never had a combination from midfield to forward,” he said, “because everything was over the top.”

Of North’s nine shots, other than the one that bounced off his defender, Fries only had to stop two.

Three years ago when he became North coach, Claros could hardly say anything about his team and his expectations without throwing the phrase “work rate” into the conversation. He emphasized effort again Friday night.

“Do we have a lot of talent? Yes,” he said. “I still believe we can be there in the end, but the effort to be coached and to make adjustments has to be better.”

Also, it has to come together quickly. Tuesday night it’s Norman High and Norman North at Oklahoma’s John Crain Field, marking the second straight season the Crosstown Clash will be played on the Sooner pitch.

North girls 1, Broken Arrow 0: Mark up a big win for the North girls, who got the game’s only goal from Sheridan Spelman, even as Spelman was quick to give all the credit to Kinsey Smalling.

Smalling controlled the ball down the right edge of the pitch before firing a head-high laser of a cross that Spelman only had to get in the way of to deflect it past Broken Arrow keeper Taylor Stover.

“I just happened to be at the rigth spot,” Spelman said. “It was really her great play that got us the win.”

A game very possibly between two top-five teams when the first Class 6A coaches poll is eventually released, North ousthot the Tigers 12-10, though it was still T-Wolves’ keeper Kali Newman who had to come up with six saves — two more than Stover — to secure the shutout.

“She’s the real deal,” said North coach Don Rother, whose team improved to 2-0. “We’re pretty strong in the back.”

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