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June 15, 2014

All-State finales: West reigns supreme in 6A soccer games

Trevor Moore of Edmond North scored two first-half goals, and capped it with another off a breakaway with 8:42 to play for the hat trick and a 4-1 West victory over the East in the Class 6A All-State boys soccer clash on Creek Nation Field at Indian Bowl on Saturday.

Moore, a University of North Texas football signee as a kicker, nailed his first 11 minutes into the game, then scored on a pass from Christopher Ojeda of Edmond Memorial from about 15 yards out to the right of the net with 3:33 to go until halftime.

Following a wholesale substitution by both sides, the East made it a 2-1 game when Daniel Baone of Bishop Kelley, a Westminster (Mo.) College signee, scored on a corner kick with 15:27 to play. The West would answer, first with a booming shot from SMU signee Mauro Cichero of Norman North from 35 yards out in the middle of the pitch.

Then Moore finished it.

“It’s fun playing with the top guys in the state giving me opportunities to score,” he said. “That last one was probably the most creative I had, popping it over the keeper. I could have blasted it but who knows where it would have gone.

“We played two scrimmages getting ready for this. I missed one but the first one I think offensively we figured out the attack and how to play off each other the second part of that scrimmage.”

Muskogee's David Espinoza had a couple of chances and then did the hard part on a penalty kick, getting tripped while dribbling between two defenders about 25 yards from the goal. The penalty kick by Connor Marth of Union was off the mark.

“Just a lot of good players out here,” said Espinoza, the Phoenix Offensive Player of the Year in 2014, who’s headed to NOC-Tonkawa. “It’s unlucky on our end we came up short, but I’m grateful for the support of people who came to see me play my last game on my home field.”

It marked the end of a three-day swing here as Muskogee played All-State host for the first time.

“I just think it’s an honor, not only as a coach but as part of the process, to have been in front of these kids who were representing the best of Oklahoma the last day of their high school career,” said Muskogee’s Shawn Riley, the East head coach.

“It’s been about a great job by our administration and our boosters. We just wanted to showcase our facility, our program and our community. I think we’ve done a good job of that all weekend. I only hope it grows the game here to a much higher level.”

 

Girls: West 1, East 0

The West applied the pressure from start to finish offensively. But it didn’t break the ice until Mustang’s Anna Crawford scored from about 15 yards out with 19:04 to play off an assist from Elle Stover of Westmoore, who appeared to have gotten a shot off that was deflected back to her.

“Just good teamwork,” said Crawford, who will walk on at Oklahoma next season. “(Elle) dropped it back to me and the space was there and I just ran up on it and got the shot off.”

It pleased her coach, Mustang’s Mike Mason, part of the West staff.

“She’s got good vision and she was our assist leader this year,” Mason said. “I’m just thrilled she got the shot. She’s definitely a team player.”

The West had an 18-6 edge in shots on goal, meaning it wasn’t a busy day for Muskogee’s Morgan Springborn, the lone Lady Rougher on the East.

Switched back to the forward spot she played for three seasons after a senior year as a defender, her best shot at a goal came at the 25-minute mark in the second half when she took on three defenders dribbling up sideline. Attempting to beat the last one just outside the box, she chose to clear it to the middle but a West defender took possession.

“I was thinking, ‘do I take it myself or pass’ and the girl in the middle for us had a better angle,” she said. “The chances of me getting past that last defender wasn’t good and if I did the goalkeeper was going to be right there,” said Springborn, who will go to Upper Iowa next season on a scholarship.

“It wasn’t what I would have liked, but we did all we could. It happens.”

The East had some close calls. Jenks’ Caroline Frank’s free kick at the 23:47 mark of the first half hit the crossbar.  Also in the first half, Sapulpa’s Morgan Kent had only the goalkeeper to beat when her shot from about 10 yards out hit the post.

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