By Chuck Reherman
NORMAN – Facing the No. 1 ranked team twice in as many weeks is a challenge for any team.
It makes it even more when the season is on the line.
Yukon’s Millerette soccer team saw their season come to an end Friday night with a 2-0 loss to Norman North in the quarterfinals of the class 6A playoffs at North.
The Millerettes finished their season with an 11-4 record and two of those losses coming to the Lady Timberwolves. North had beaten YHS 4-0 during the district season.
North took the lead in the sixth minute of the game and had the Millerettes on their heels most of the night. YHS had only three shots on goal in the game.
“There is no excuses, Norman North is a strong, big and very good team,” Millerette head coach Danielle Tantillo said. “They finished their chances and we didn’t.
“But, I’m proud of our girls, we went out with a bang,” he said. “Who would even know that we would get this far with as young a team as we had. We finished in the top eight, so I am proud of them and they worked hard.”
North came out attacking and 5:35 into the match Narrissa Fults took a pass in front of the goal and sent the shot in to the lower right corner.
The Millerette defense was able to turn away North on several occasions and freshman goal keeper Neveah VanHoutan came up with big saves in both halves.
North did open a 2-0 lead in the second half scoring in the 42nd minute on a shot from Londyn Furnish.
“There is a reason by Norman North is No. 1 in the state,” Tantillo said. “We played good defense, but you have to shoot to score. We had like two or three shots all night long Our keeper (VanHoutan) did a great job of making saves.
“We played four in the back instead of three this time because they have two good forwards,” she said. “They just took advantage of their shots.”