The Edmond Sun

May 11, 2013

Huskies come back again; rewarded with state championship

Jeff Harrison
The Edmond Sun

NOBLE —  The Edmond North boys soccer team was certainly down. But, only a fool would have called them out.

 Trailing defending state champion Norman North late in the second half of the Class 6A state finals, the Huskies came through with one final escape act.

 In a matter of minutes, the Huskies flipped the course of Saturday afternoon’s state finals match at Noble High School. Clay Collier scored the equalizer with 19 minutes to play. Three minutes later, Edmond North vaulted in front 2-1 on a score by Sam Brown.

 The Husky defense took fire in the closing minutes, but held on for the school’s second state title.

 “We went down and never gave up,” junior Trevor Moore said. “We were down three of the four games in the playoffs and we fought back every time. It just shows the will and determination this team has. And it’s a great thing to be a part of.”

 Edmond North (16-2) won its first boys soccer title in 2004.

 Head coach Chris Waugh knew he had something special this season and was thrilled to see them put it together.

 “These guys have wanted this all year, they kept telling me they were going to do it and they proved it today,” Waugh said. “I’m just so excited for these guys. They really came together as a team.”

 Norman North struck first with a score late in the first half. Ryan Johnson launched the ball into the penalty box and Carson Cacciatori headed it in for the 1-0 lead with seven minutes in the half.

 The Huskies turned up the pressure in the second half. Matt Collier came close on a pair of shot attempts. Clay Collier finally put the Huskies on the board when he scored with 19 minutes left in the game.

 “That felt great to get that goal and really get my team going,” Clay Collier said.

 Just a few minutes later, they were on their way to victory. Moore drilled a shot at the opponent’s goal, but Norman North goalkeeper Daniel Taylor got a piece of it. Brown was there to clean up for the go-ahead score.

 “That was all Trevor, I was just there to put it in,” Brown said.

 Norman North finishes the season with a 13-4 record.