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April 29, 2014

On the final night of the regular season, area soccer teams face different playoff pictures

NORMAN — Don’t worry about the Norman North boys. Unbeaten and ranked No. 1, they have few worries and should have little problem tonight when they play host to Mustang, a team not headed to the playoffs.

The Timberwolves surely want to play a strong game on the eve of the postseason, but they don’t appear too fragile as they get ready for the season’s final regular-season game.

As for the rest of the city’s Class 6A soccer programs, there’s a little more going on.

Norman High boys: The Tigers, ranked No. 5 by the state’s 6A coaches, and seemingly playing their best soccer of the season, must nonetheless win tonight, when Edmond Santa Fe visits Gordon Drummond Field, if they’re to play host to the first round of the playoffs.

Also, if the Tigers earn home field and turn it into a first-round playoff victory, barring an all-timer of an upset, they would meet Norman North in the playoffs’ second round on the T-Wolves’ pitch. Longtime Tiger coach Gordon Drummond sort of relishes the scenario, yet still warns, first things first.

“The kids would be up for it. It would be another great game,” he said. “But the key is you want to finish second (in District 6A-1) and start at home.”

Who the Tigers might play the first week of the postseason is anybody’s guess. If NHS wins tonight, it could be Westmoore, Putnam City or U.S. Grant. If they’re topped by the Wolves, it would be Edmond Memorial, the team that played Norman North into double overtime before Mauro Cichero’s show-stopping bicycle kick ended it.

Norman North girls: The Timberwolves have already made a couple of things happen this season. They’ve won District 6A-2 for a second straight season and, with a victory tonight, would put the finishing touches on the second-best regular season in North girls history, trailing only the very first bunch of North girls, who lost just a single regular-season game in 1998.

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