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May 3, 2013

Tigers won first one but roles have not changed

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NORMAN —

He has every reason to think that. And still, the thing about playing NHS, it’s not necessarily true.

That is the thing about Drummond’s Tigers. Though they haven’t lived in their own half of the field the way they have other seasons, they’re always going to be pretty comfortable back there if they have to. And about the most blanket statement you can make about NHS soccer this season is a simple one: They just don’t lose.

Not that they haven’t had all kinds of chances.

The Tigers have won 13 games this season and lost one, a 1-0 decision to Edmond North. The last time they won more was 2002 when they won 15 games and played for a state title. And still, of those 13 wins, three have come in shootouts and six others have been one-goal decisions garnered in regulation or overtime.

North, meanwhile, has lost three shootouts, won one game by one goal, one game by two goals, three games by three goals, five games by four goals and one game by five goals.

Maybe NHS has the advantage, North having hardly won a close game this season and the Tigers having Andrew Arledge patrolling their net.

Yet, if you want to go with that, you must first come to terms with last season, when the big favorite T-Wolves met the overachieving Tigers in the same playoff round on the same pitch and won a close one 2-1.

Whatever happens, it’s going to be fun.

In March, the home of Sooner soccer could hardly handle the crowd. Tonight, both sets of bleachers are bound to overflow, even as the North baseball team plays about 100 yards away trying to reach the state tournament.

Predictions?

Sorry.

The only certainty is the familiarity of the storyline, the favorite and the underdog and the bragging rights that will be felt well beyond tonight.

What’s never clear is the final result. Even as the T-Wolves have owned the series, it’s never been easy.

Enjoy.

Clay Horning

Follow me @clayhorning

cfhorning@normantranscript.com

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