NEWCASTLE — All-State’s probably not what it used to be. Not when there’s 500 channels and a sports landscape that offers no real time off.
When it comes to the pitch, the high school season ended a month ago, but the club postseason is about to rev up in a big way when the U.S. Youth Soccer Region III championships come to Edmond next week.
Still, the news from Racer Stadium, where three nights of the Oklahoma Soccer Coaches Association All-State Games ended a three-night run with Saturday night’s Class 6A girls and boys games, is good.
Several hundred showed up for the large-class contests, and each side played like there was something on the line, even though there wasn’t.
The East girls prevailed 3-0 with a dominating performance from their forward line. The West boys prevailed 3-1, getting contributions from five difference departing seniors from Norman High and Norman North.
Among the girls, NHS’ Lauren Goodman and North’s Bailey Smith found themselves on the losing side, and still it wasn’t too bad a time.
“It was cool to get to meet everyone from the West side and meet new girls and practice and play with them,” said Smith, who’s headed to Georgia to go to school and not play soccer.
“It was a good run, but I got burned out,” Smith said. “Maybe by sophomore year I’ll play club soccer, and I’ll just do intramurals my freshman year. I’ll miss it sometimes, but it’s nice to just relax.”
Goodman enjoyed it until she left with her right arm in a sling, injuring it late when she tired to brace herself for a fall to Racer Stadium’s artificial surface.
“It was really enjoyable,” she said. “I got to play with girls I don’t usually get to play with.”