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March 7, 2014

Tigers again walk tight-rope in opening win

MUSTANG — Of course, it was another one-goal victory. It wouldn’t be right for a Norman High boys team coached by the ageless Gordon Drummond to open a season any differently.

So, the Tigers are right on schedule?

“It was a good outing,” Drummond said after NHS stopped Mustang 2-1. “I always like to think that we get better during the season.”

And the Tigers will have their chances and soon. Tonight, while Tulsa Union visits North for the Timberwolves boys’ and girls’ season openers, the NHS girls will open their season by hosting Westmoore. Also, the NHS boys will enjoy the rare privilege of playing two games in two nights.

Also, the Crosstown Clash, back at Oklahoma’s John Crain Field, is only four days away.

At Bronco Stadium, playing on the football team’s artificial surface, the Tigers and Broncos were in mid-season form, at least in terms of physical play, with a few yellow cards issued and NHS getting flagged for 12 violations and Mustang 14.

The difference in the game was a goal three Tigers played a part in, coming just 3:12 into the second half when Theo Ostas controlled and then crossed near the right end line, only to have Travis Crane allow the ball to go past him and to the feet of Matt Hockett.

Hockett had space and time to put the ball past Mustang keeper Colton Hadlock.

That actually put the Tigers up 2-0, and it was a cushion they wound up needing after Colton Haskin beat NHS keeper Austin Earley with 28:56 remaining.

The Tigers struck first, 15:16 before the half, when Haydn Jones, who seemed to be in the middle of everything for the Tigers, played a beautiful through-ball around a defender where Ostas could get it and knock it home.

It turned out easier than that after Hadlock, amongst the body traffic about 20 feet in front of the net, lost track of the ball. After Ostas reached it, all he had to do was fire into an empty net.

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