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June 16, 2013

Final goals achieved for area athletes at All-State soccer match

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NEWCASTLE —

Goodman’s headed to North Carolina to study pharmacy. The Tar Heels are a collegiate soccer power, but she’s not ruling out, eventually, attempting to walk on to the program.

The West side’s boys’ domination was as complete as that of the East side’s girls, but only for a half. The West picked up a pair of first half goals and looked ready to run away.

Then the tables turned.

NHS’ Andrew Arledge moved into the West’s net for the second half and gave up a tally from Union’s Van Horn. 

He came back strong.

Ten minutes later, Arledge made what many observers felt was the best stop in any of the six All-State contests, getting in the way of a laser off the right foot of Bartlesville’s Austin Baclaw.

A late goal iced the West’s victory, pleasing the Tigers and Timberwolves in uniform, all of which had no problem investing in the game.

“It’s very competitive,” Arledge said, watching in the first half before taking the field for the second.

“You’re playing with the best in the state and it’s just something you can come out and have fun, but at the same time you’re taking it seriously,” North’s Austin Bray said. “It’s just another game that you want to win.”

Curtis McRae, Bray’s back-line partner at North, who will join Bray on Central Arkansas’ soccer team in August, felt the regular season carried into the All-State game, at least a little.

“You never want to lose … Like Jenks and Union, when you play them, you want to beat them,” he said. “Why not beat them again? Make sure (they) know you’re dominant and stuff.”

For Billy Norlin and Matt Tidwell, Tiger teammates of Arledge, earning their way into the All-State game was a big deal.

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