The Norman Transcript


April 4, 2014

Win, lose or draw, history on the pitch for Royals

NORMAN — Community Christian, the boys or the girls, or both, may or may not reach the Class 4A soccer playoffs this season. That probably covers all the possibilities.

Of course, the most impressive part of that sentence is the possibility one set of Royals, or the other, might well get there.

Those hopes took a hit Thursday on an otherwise historic night for CCS, the night its boys and girls played host to their very first district contest.

The girls fell 2-1 to Dove Academy. The boys fell 1-0. The girls put on a furious finish, even with a team that fielded only 13 players, the majority of which may well have just picked up the game. 

Meanwhile, the boys kicked off just in time to play in a wind tunnel minus the tunnel. It might have been the first time in the history of soccer in this town you could watch a ball be struck downwind, see the force of the strike die, and then see the ball, still airborne, accelerate all over again, only by virtue of the elements.

It was a sight.

Another sight?

Realizing the CCS boys have 26 players on their varsity roster and, according to coach Joe Blough, about that many on their junior high roster, too.

It’s a soccer town, sure, but the CCS boys are still just a four-year-old program and this is their first season to play an OSSAA schedule, and if there was need for a high school of only about 180 students — CCS’ typical daily attendance, according to the 2013-14 OSSAA ADM figures is 178.5 — to sport a junior varsity team, the Royals could actually put one on the field.

Yet another one?

The girls could scarcely handle a case of chicken pox, yet they’re impressive in a whole other way.

Thursday night’s setback dropped them to 3-4 on the season and 1-1 in District 4A-4, which just happens to be the boys’ record, too. And they’re doing it with no depth and almost zilch experience.

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