North put on a clinic against Memorial.
About any other day, Haley Woodard would have had a hat trick rather than a single goal, Sheridan Spelman would have added a tally from point-blank range and the penalty kick Francesca Ryan appeared to earn in the first half, when she was pulled down by a defender, wouldn’t have been waved off after consultation between referee and linesman.
So that’s, what, four more goals the T-Wolves could have easily scored?
Maybe some teams simply know so well they’re a team a of destiny that, guess what, they become a team of destiny.
“When you know, you know,” Ryan said.
Senior defender Bri Kuestersteffen said the T-Wolves “knew it was our last opportunity.”
Goalkeeper Kali Newman said it was “mainly because we’re all seniors; now’s the time, it’s now or never and we took that out there.”
Woodard said the T-Wolves “wanted to gain respect from our boys team and the school and the state. I think we had a lot to prove.”
North outshot Memorial 17-8. The only difficult save Newman had to make came with 3:10 remaining, when Laramie Hall offered the Bulldogs their best chance to get on the board about 27 minutes after North had already began its celebration. North not only couldn’t be beat, it couldn’t be slowed, contained or even brought back to earth.
One of the most interesting moments in sports comes when a player or program ceases to be one thing and becomes something new. And that’s exactly what the North girls did once the playoffs arrived.
When the time came, the T-Wolves got it, delivered and, you better believe it, made history.
They are what they’ve become.
How cool is that?
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