The defense of the Edmond North Lady Huskies continued to stand as a formidable impediment as North again shut out an opponent, this time over crosstown rival Edmond Santa Fe Friday night 2-0 at Edmond North High School. The victory clinched the district championship for the Lady Huskies and handed Santa Fe its initial loss in district play.
North, which stands 6-0 in district, got the only goal it needed when Kayci Kersten dished to Gia Nellius. For insurance purposes, Kersten headed a goal in off an assist by Abbey Bright.
“Once again the defense did their job in posting the shutout,” Lady Husky interim head coach Corbin Frank said. “Grace Brennan showed a tremendous amount of hustle all night.”
Santa Fe came into the match winning five consecutive district clashes including a 3-1 decision over Moore at home April 22.
Haley Cain lit up the scoreboard first for the Lady Wolves and teammate Tess Dominic ensued with the final two Santa Fe goals for the two-point triumph over the Lions. Cain was assisted by Ivanna Rivas and Dominic was assisted by Ashley Snider and Miah Lingelbach.
The Lady Wolfpack outshot Moore 7-3 and Santa Fe goalkeeper Kaitlin Price caught a pair of saves.
Prior to the loss to district champion Edmond North, Santa Fe won 6-of-7 contests putting forth just enough offense to come out on top.
“Ashley Snider and Hannah Hover have been really solid on defense recently,” Santa Fe head coach Larry Truesdell said. “Ivanna Rivas has been doing an excellent job with free kicks putting us in a good position to score goals.”
The Wolves still have another tough district match coming up with Norman (4-1) to determine second place in the standings with home-field advantage in the playoffs up for grabs.
“We’re getting goals from a number of different girls,” Truesdell said. “Dre Cooper has been injured and we really needed her against North.”