The 2022 Oklahoma high school soccer season ended Saturday at Taft Stadium. Here's a look at what happened:
Class 6A girls: Deer Creek 1, Norman North 0, PKs
Deer Creek girls soccer coach Jake Kurey called junior Cam Hasselwander the best goalkeeper in the state.
She’s definitely in the conversation after what she Saturday.
Hasselwander was spectacular in Deer Creek’s 1-0 win against Norman North in penalty kicks on Saturday at Taft Stadium. She continued her dominant stretch throughout the postseason — not allowing a single goal — and her deflection on Norman North’s fourth penalty kick gave Deer Creek the title.
“I’m always confident when Camryn’s in goal,” Kurey said. “We went through the playoffs and never gave up a goal. Get into a shootout and still don’t give up a goal.”
Thirteen of Deer Creek’s 16 wins this season came via shutout.
It’s the Antlers’ seventh girls soccer title in school history, the last coming in 2015.
Neither team did much during regulation. Deer Creek and Norman North, which won the past two Class 6A state championships, played conservative, but the defenses shined.
In overtime, chances opened up a bit for both teams, but there was still no separation. The teams went to a shootout, where Hasselwander showcased her skills.
She blocked the first shot while teammate Anna Branham scored on her first attempt. The next Norman North shot went over the goal, then Deer Creek senior Ashlynn Stigall put a shot in.
Hasselwander blocked the next two shots, and after a brief delay waiting on officials to confirm the game was over, the celebration was on.
“We’ve believed that we belong here,” Kurey said. “The fact that they had won before didn’t really play into our preparation. We just focused on us and built our group.”
Class 6A boys: Norman North 1, Mustang 0
Gabe Angle has grown accustomed to scoring goals against Mustang.
In last season’s quarterfinals, he scored the only goal in a 6-1 loss. Three weeks ago, Angle scored the game-winning goal against Mustang in a pivotal district contest that finished 1-0.
Saturday in the Class 6A state championship game, Angle again found the back of the net against the Broncos.
With a little more than two minutes remaining, Miguel Madrigal fired a centering pass from near the right sideline deep into the box, where Angle was sprinting past three Mustang defenders. He lunged and made contact in traffic, and the ball cruised past Mustang’s goaltender into the net.
In a game that seemed destined for overtime, Norman North topped Mustang 1-0 to win the title. Angle’s shot was the difference, but the Timberwolves didn’t allow a shot on goal until the final minute of the game, capping a complete-game effort.
“I was asking for the ball not to be swung into the box,” Norman North coach Khalil Benalioulhaj said. “And Gabe Angle.”
The title is Norman North's seventh in school history.
The Timberwolves dominated the first half, firing eight shots on goal, but couldn’t get the ball in the back of the net.
Meanwhile, Mustang hardly controlled the ball in its half of the field. Any time the ball got deep, Norman North did a terrific job of guiding it toward the other goal.
In the second half, the Timberwolves swapped goaltenders after Carter Higgins went out following a collision. Will Sutherlin came in, making the save on Mustang's lone shot.
Meanwhile, Bostyn Carroll, who the team sung happy birthday to following the game, narrowly missed two close chances in the second half that could’ve given Norman North the lead earlier.
Yet it wasn’t until Angle’s late charge and score that propelled Norman North on top.
“The boys worked incredibly hard,” Benalioulhaj said. “I’m really proud of them. They did a fantastic job and have a lot to be proud of.
Class 5A girls: McGuinness 1, Piedmont 0
Reese Roberts had to adjust on the fly.
The junior midfielder for McGuinness had fired a couple of shots earlier in the game yet they had come up well short of her intended target.
So when she got a free kick from about 45 yards out, she made sure to adjust.
Roberts shot snuck in Piedmont’s goal, just below the crossbar and over the outstretched arms of keeper Bacon Clark, and it was enough to help McGuinness win 1-0 and capture the Class 5A girls state championship.
“She’s obviously dangerous,” McGuinness coach Kal Okot said. “She’s smart enough to make the change she needed to, and it went in.”
The win is the second girls soccer title in school history for McGuinness.
Roberts’ kick came after Katie Johnson was fouled, resulting in a Piedmont yellow card. The free kick came from the center of the field, and Roberts lined up her shot and executed to perfection.
Before her goal, McGuinness controlled possession in its half of the pitch for most of the match. Piedmont didn’t record a shot on goal until late in the second half and finished with only two in the game.
McGuinness and Piedmont played three times before the state championship game, with the Fighting Irish winning the latter two.
“Piedmont is a great team,” Okot said. “They’re never going to give up, so you have to equal their intensity and hope something goes your way.”
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