EDMOND — Double overtime, down to 10 players, away from home, the Norman North girls’ 3-2 victory over Edmond Memorial was a fantastic triumph. Also, it might have been an even more disastrous loss.
Only that’s not what happened because, strangely, North was never better until it was forced to play shorthanded.
Seemingly fueled by their shorthandedness, the Timberwolves led extra-frames shooting 5-0 and, before it was done, had already made Memorial keeper Morgan McGee make three saves in extra time, two more than she’d made the length of regulation.
With 6:03 remaining in the second overtime, it was done, when sophomore forward Francesca Ryan corralled the forward feed of Camille Greer and, from about 15 yards on the right flank, beat McGee in the bottom left corner. McGee got a hand on it, but that only made it seem like the Bulldogs lost in slow motion.
“I had to do what I had to do for us to win,” McGee said. “I just tried my hardest.”
North (5-2, 2-0 District 6A-2), who many might have thought could win every game it played this season, stumbled opening day against Union. Then, after topping Norman High and Westmoore, was blown out 3-0 against Broken Arrow at the just completed Heart of America Classic, hosted by Tulsa Kelley.
That was followed by a huge rebound: a 4-1 victory over No. 9 Edmond North and a 1-0 shootout triumph over No. 5 Kelley.
Had the seventh-ranked T-Wolves left Memorial with a loss, after leading and dominating throughout most of the second half, it would have gone a long way toward invalidating North’s most recent results.
It didn’t happen.
“There was a lot of tension on the field so it would have been a really big deal for everybody, personally, to lose,” said forward Haley Woodard, who tied the game 1-1 in the first half. “You know, we’re trying to make a statement, that we’re not just kidding around … We didn’t want people to look down us, so we’re trying to get back and prove ourselves and keep going.”