The Edmond Sun

May 17, 2013

Deer Creek drops Carl Albert again for state title

The Edmond Sun

NOBLE — They did it again.

The Deer Creek girls soccer team knocked off rival Carl Albert in the Class 5A state soccer title game for the second consecutive season.

The Lady Antlers, led by freshman Lauren Haivala’s two goals, topped the Titans 2-1 May 10 at Noble High School.

On May 7, Deer Creek blanked Tulsa Edison 2-zip in the semifinals for a chance to play for its fourth state championship in girls soccer.

Haivala played rough and tough, scrambling near Carl Albert’s goal after a corner kick in the opening half. The Lady Titan defense could not control the ball nor Haivala, as she fought her way to the ball for a short-range goal and a 1-0 advantage for Deer Creek.

Haivala headed in the game-winner off of teammate Taylor Reed’s free kick in the latter half.

Lady Antler goalkeeper Hayley Weaver produced four key saves to hold off stingy Carl Albert.

Deer Creek finishes as the state title holder with a healthy 14-3 record while the Lady Titans toted home the silver medal with an 11-6 mark. Carl Albert doubled up Tulsa Washington 2-1 in the semis to reach the state championship game.