NORMAN — Here’s the way Norman North boys soccer coach Geo Claros explains it.
“Winning never gets old,” he said. “We want to be thought of so that when you think about high school soccer, you think about Norman North.”
Claros may have been thinking about his Timberwolves boys all the way. Still, all he said was “Norman North,” and it’s the perfect thought beginning today, when the North girls and the North boys will both go about trying to nail down the Class 6A state soccer championship.
At 5 p.m. today at Oklahoma’s John Crain Field, where the Timberwolves boys and girls both got the best of the Crosstown Clash, regular season edition, on March 11, the North girls (14-2) meet Edmond Memorial (14-2) with the Class 6A state championship in the balance.
At 4:30 p.m. Saturday, it’s the boys turn, when Norman North (16-0) meets Owasso (14-2).
For the North boys, being in such a position is something akin to old hat. The T-Wolves won it all in 2010, lost in the semifinals in 2011 (when winning would have set up a Crosstown Clash state title game), returned to and won the championship game in 2012 and played for it, only to finish short, last season.
For the girls, it’s only their second trip to the championship game, the first one coming 15 long years ago, what became a 2-0 loss to Jenks.
Nonetheless, should both sets of T-Wolves reign supreme today and Saturday, there can be no doubt. Though Tulsa, Edmond and Broken Arrow may be contenders, Norman will clearly be the soccer capital of Oklahoma.
Perhaps not so surprisingly, given differing histories, the chance to make history, between the two teams, is internalized in different ways.
“We’re dreaming about it and wishing about it and we talk about it all the time, how great it’s going to feel afterward and how excited we’ll be when we order our rings, hopefully,” offered junior forward Haley Woodard.