NORMAN — In the first half, though Norman North did not live the entirety of it in Bishop McGuinness’ end of the field, the Timberwolves scored three goals. Two of them were beautiful, the other was a penalty kick, the spoils of aggression and skill.
In the second half, the Timberwolves really did live on the Irish’s side of the pitch, controlling the ball into the penalty box time and time again. They did not score.
The North boys haven’t lost and were only threatened in a cursory way Friday night. Coach Geo Claros, however, was not very pleased with his squad’s 3-0 victory.
“We’re not hitting frames on clear opportunities. When we get in behind them, we’re not putting the ball in the right spot,” Claros said, following an extended stay in the team’s locker room. “We don’t seem to have a killer instinct against anybody.”
The T-Wolves registered a bunch of shots and created even more opportunities, yet Irish keeper Decker Mosier only had to make one difficult save.
The way Claros sees it, this is no time to relax, even though North would seem to be in complete control of its district and a long shot to lose, at least before the playoffs arrive.
Coming out of the half, he challenged the team to “score four or five goals” in the
remaining 40 minutes. Instead, he thought their urgency and focus wasn’t where it needed to be.
“Every year we take the approach that we continually want to get better,” Claros said. “Today was an opportunity to do that and I don’t think we took advantage.”
If the T-Wolves weren’t good enough for themselves, their goals were still beauties.
Jacob Jerles had the first one, from about 20 yards and a sharp angle left of the goal. He created his own space and beat Mosier top shelf and far corner.