The Edmond Sun
The Edmond North soccer teams may have felt a little pressure in Tuesday night’s opening round playoff games. But it was certainly nothing they couldn’t handle.
The Lady Huskies began their march for another Class 6A state title with 2-0 win against Bishop McGuinness. Then in the nightcap, the North boys overcame an early deficit to top Westmoore, 3-1 at Edmond North High School.
Both teams will back at home Friday for the second round of the Class 6A state playoffs. The Lady Huskies host Putnam North, while the Huskies take on rival Memorial.
The North boys beat the Bulldogs 2-1 earlier this season and the Lady Huskies also own a 2-1 win over Putnam North this year.
The Edmond North girls played the Irish to a scoreless tie well into the second half. Courtney Dike finally broke the stalemate with a goal 10 minutes into the latter half.
McGuinness pressed hard for the equalizer as time ticked away. North’s defense wouldn’t let up, and got a beautiful save from goalkeeper Genevieve Simmons with less than 10 minutes to go.
The Lady Huskies then put the match away when Kayci Kersten scored off a pass from Dike with four minutes left in regulation.
“Before that goal, both teams were really pressing and we could almost taste another goal, so that was great to go up 2-1,” Edmond North coach Meagan Anderson said.
The Husky boys then took the field to earn a 3-1 comeback win against Westmoore.
“I think our guys were surprised to get down 1-0, but they fought back hard,” North boys coach Chris Waugh said. “Opponents have scored on us first in a lot of games, but then we came back to win by a pretty a big margin. So, our guys are used to fighting back.”
The Jaguars delivered an early blow when they scored off thru ball just 12 minutes into the match. The Huskies quickly regrouped and pulled even 1-1 on a header by Trevor Moore.
Kirby Falcon later put the home squad out in front 2-1, when he scored off a pass from Zac Medawattage with 14 minutes to play in the first half.
North struck once again before the first half expired. Senior Matt Collier put one in the back of the Westmoore net with three minutes left in the half, making it a 3-1 contest.
The Jaguars came close with a goal kick midway through the second half, but couldn’t crack the Husky defense.
Medawattage finished with two assists and Jason Rhinehart added one for the Huskies.