By Bryan Trude
Special to The Sun
A flurry of second-half goals proved to be the saving grace for the Edmond North Huskies, battling back from a halftime deficit to defeat the Edmond Memorial Bulldogs in class 6A soccer action Thursday, played in front of a home crowd at the Edmond North campus.
“We started off slow in the first half,” said Chris Waugh, North head coach. “We kind of woke up in the second half, our guys started playing the way we know how to play, started knocking the ball around and getting space.”
The Bulldogs went up first, with Sam Arnold beating Husky goaltender David Atkins on the rush in the 28th minute.
North emerged from halftime spitting fire, however, pinning Memorial back in their own zone for the rest of the match. The Huskies finally broke even in the 51st minute as midfielder Kirby Falcon poked the ball in from a crowd in front of Bulldog goalie Evan Helker. Jacob Tunney gave North the go-ahead goal in the 63rd minute, and the Bulldogs could not respond.
A Memorial free kick taken in the final seconds by Tristan Tippeconnic was the final nail in the coffin as North defenders headed it up and over the net as time expired.
“(At the half), I told them we came out flat, and that we weren’t playing our kind of game, we weren’t aggressive,” Waugh said. “We’ve got to win the headballs, we’ve got to play hard, and we came out and proved it in the second half. We weren’t going to be pushed around.”
Both teams now take time off for spring break before returning to action March 26. North will travel to Oklahoma City to take on Putnam City West, while Memorial will host Norman North.
Edmond North is now 2-1 and ranked seventh; No. 8 Memorial is also 2-1.