It wasn’t a perfect opening night for the Tigers and Timberwolves, all of which opened the 2011 soccer season Tuesday.
While Gordon Drummond picking up his 300th victory as Norman High boys coach, making for a happy ending at Central Junior High in Moore, the beginning was rough, with the NHS girls suffering a 2- 1 defeat to Westmoore.
Also Tuesday, at Yukon, the North girls suffered a similar fate, falling 2-1 to the Millers, who prevailed over the T-Wolves in a shootout. The North boys followed with a 3-0 victory over the Yukon boys.
· Westmoore girls 2, NHS 1: Perhaps the Westmoore girls are ready to break out as a program. The NHS girls certainly aren’t bad and the Jaguars not only won, but hung even statistically, too. The Tigers had the game’s only four corner kick opportunities, yet both teams finished with nine shots and both goalkeepers finished with five saves. Brandi Shuffield picked up the Tigers only goal, scoring with 23:24 remaining. One bright spot for the Tigers going forward is their schedule. At 5:30 p.m. Friday, they’ll begin play at the Northwest Arkansas Showcase in Dentonville. By the time they play again in Norman, at the Crosstown Clash Tuesday at North, The Tigers could be sporting a winning record.
· Yukon girls 2, North 1: In a case of good news, bad news, the Timberwolves lost their first game under first-year coach Don Rother. On the other hand, believes Rother, North actually played fairly well and will only get better going forward.
“I’m happy with the way we were able to come back and tie it up,” he said. “I’m happy with the way we played tonight … I’m glad we got that test early in the year. We have a lot of room to improve.”
Yukon put four balls in the net in the shootout. North put three in the net. The T-Wolves’ goal came from Kenzie Sublett in the 62nd minute.
· North boys 3, Yukon 0: It may not have been all North coach Geo Claros hoped to see in the Timberwolves first game since topping Jenks for the Class 6A state title last season, but it wasn’t too bad. Claros’ issue was one many coaches would like to have. He thought his team could have done more with its dominance.
“We’ve got to get a lot sharper,” he said. “We would get into the attacking zone and get really close to having an opportunity and then just wouldn’t do it. We just need to get more games under our belt.”
The T-Wolves got goals from Taylor McAuley, Will Smith and Kyle Allen. Brandon Littleaxe assisted twice.