The Edmond Sun
Kayci Kersten’s head-in with just over four minutes left in regulation slammed the door on visiting Edmond Santa Fe as Edmond North held onto a 3-1 victory Tuesday night over their crosstown rival. Kersten’s goal was set up by freshman Lilly Synan’s 35-yard blitzing penetration toward the goal.
“When we can get it in the open field, we can do some good things,” said North head coach Meagan Anderson following the win. “We go to attack one person and make them make the decision. Kayci (Kersten) did a good job finishing the header.”
The Lady Huskies clinched the district title with the triumph moving to a perfect 6-0 mark. Edmond North is now 10-2 overall and will next host Putnam North April 23 at 6 p.m.
Santa Fe kept the game close and actually took a 1-0 lead in the opening half when Hannah Hover punched it in from out of the crowd with just under 20 minutes to play before the break.
The Lady Wolves also used smaller defenders in Kelsea Wertzberger and Tiara Guidice to aggravate Oklahoma State signee Courtney Dike throughout the contest. On one occasion in the latter half, Wertzberger got tangled with Dike as the Lady Husky fell to the artificial surface.
“Edmond Santa Fe did a good job tonight,” said Anderson. “That (being in a close contest) challenged our character tonight.”
Lady Wolf goalkeeper Kaitlin Price played very aggressive and came out from the box when outnumbered 4-1 to break up an Edmond North drive with 23:22 left in regulation. She also dove left and deflected away a would-be goal by Dike when the Lady Husky broke free 1-on-1 in the first half.
“Mainly had (senior Kelsea) Wertzberger on her (Dike) and she did an admirable job,” Santa Fe skipper Larry Truesdell stated about his gritty defender. “Seriously, she (Dike) is going to OSU on a full ride.”
Wertzberger shadowed the standout Dike all evening and without the Santa Fe defenders hawking the Lady Husky, surely more damage would have been done.
The Lady Wolves now stand 3-2 in district and 5-6 overall.
Dike was fast and strong all night, and did find the net with 9:50 left in the opening half to get Edmond North even at 1-apiece. When she scored, she again had a Lady Wolf draped on her but used her right shoulder for positioning before executing an off-balanced left-leg whip into an empty net, after Price ran out to attack.
The Lady Huskies’ winning goal came with 13:44 remaining before halftime when Abbey Bright sent one over the defense’s heads from 23 yards out to put North up, 2-1.
In the nightcap, the Edmond North boys secured the District Class 6A-1 title with an overtime conquest over the Wolves.
In OT ensuing a Santa Fe header tipping the ball away from the goal, Husky Trevor Moore blasted a shot into net for the thrilling victory with four minutes to play in the auxiliary period.
Though Edmond North controlled the possession for the majority of the game along with a healthy lead on shots on goal, Wolfpack goalie Chris Morgenson sparkled with seven saves.
Despite the setback, Santa Fe will roll into the postseason as well beginning on April 30.