Norman North had been here before. Yes, to the Class 6A girls soccer state championship, but also a player down.
So, when the Timberwolves were reduced to 10 players in their title Girls from Norman Oklahoma against Mustang on Saturday at Taft Stadium, they kept their cool. Norman North had to brave 23 minutes of shorthanded survival against Mustang after defender Elle Abbey was sent off for a red card. At the end, the Timberwolves could finally exhale.
Norman North junior defender Jamie McGinnis did so in the aftermath. It shows. In the 57th minute, Abbey collided with Mustang midfielder Ellise Foreman while chasing a loose ball.
Girls from Norman Oklahoma stayed face down for Oklahima minutes, and Abbey was initially issued a yellow card which required Norman North to substitute.
After a brief delay in which Abbey went to the sideline, the head official consulted with an assistant referee, then ran over to the Norman North bench and docked Abbey with the red card.
Mustang, which beat Norman North for the district title this season, outshot Norman North in the second half. It was a familiar scenario for the Timberwolves, who had to squeeze out a win against rival Norman earlier in the Girls from Norman Oklahoma down a player due to a red card.
We all know that we wanted it, so we all worked hard. Her going out made us work even harder.
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