NORMAN — It wasn’t a perfect night for Norman North’s soccer teams, but it was close enough. After a pair of decisive victories, both squads are into Friday’s quarterfinals.
For the girls, it was easy, with a 5-0 halftime lead allowing them to cruise to a 6-0 win. It was a much tougher start for the boys, who scored an own goal and didn’t seize control until late in the first half.
But for both teams, it was enough.
“We’re into Friday,” girls coach Don Rother said. “And if we come out with the same intensity we did tonight, we’ll be ready to play, no matter who it is.”
While Friday’s quarterfinals had the potential to be a Crosstown Clash all around, it is instead just the boys who face Norman High after Mustang upset the Tigers 1-0 in the first game at NHS. The girls will face off against Mustang at 6 p.m. Friday at North at Bryan Young Field, setting the stage for a Clash on the boys’ side at 8 p.m.
In the only regular-season meeting between the two teams on March 12, the Tigers won 1-0 on the back of penalty kicks.
“I want them and the guys want them,” coach Geo Claros said. “They’re one of the teams that beat us, and we want revenge on those teams. We’re a better team than we were then.”
Norman North girls 6, Southmoore 0: It was clear that things were going the Timberwolves’ way when North’s Kali Newman scored. The fact that North scored wasn’t unique; the T-Wolves did that six times. What was special was that Newman is the Timberwolves’ goalkeeper.
The play — in which the wind made the high-bouncing ball travel quickly through the air before bouncing over the head of Southmoore’s goalkeeper, who had come out to the top of the box to meet it — put North on top 3-0 midway through the first half.