The Edmond Sun

March 15, 2013

Lady Bulldogs upset Edmond North

By Bryan Trude
Special to The Sun

EDMOND — Jessica Craig and Lisa Robinson both had goals while Madison Hobson held Edmond North to just one score, as the Edmond Memorial Lady Bulldogs put down the Lady Huskies 2-1 in Class 6A soccer Thursday night at Edmond North.

“It’s tremendous,” said Yolanda Thomas, Memorial head trainer. “We’re actually missing two of our starters who are out of town with their club team, so I had two freshmen step up and do a tremendous job.”

One of those freshmen, Craig, got the Lady Bulldogs on the board first in the 23rd minute, beating North goalkeeper Genevieve Simmons off the cross pass following a throw-in near the corner.

Memorial led 1-0 until the 68th minute, when Jessie West beat Hobson to pull the Lady Huskies into a tie. However, as time wound down, Robinson caught Simmons out of position, and was able to give the Lady Bulldogs the lead to keep.

The win marks an impressive defensive effort for Memorial, which spent much of the second half in their own end of the field, weathering repeated North attacks.

“(North) plays a rather direct game,” Thomas said. “We knew we would get to defend a lot. We also have a tremendous amount of respect for their senior, Courtney Dike, so that causes us to sit back a bit, which invites the attack.”

Both teams will have spring break off before returning for district play. Memorial will return to action at home March 26, when they host a team Thomas considers the best in the district in Norman North. The same day, the Lady Huskies will hit the road to take on Putnam City West.

Ninth-ranked Edmond Memorial is now 3-0 with wins over both Edmond schools and defending class 5A champs Deer Creek, while No. 2 Edmond North falls to 4-2.