Claremore Daily Progress

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May 15, 2014

Heartbreaker in Edmond

Defending 5A champion Deer Creek eliminates Claremore, 2-0 in semifinals

EDMOND — With her arms crossed above her head, Claremore senior midfielder Katelin Teter could bare to look at the scoreboard.

The defending Class 5A state champion Deer Creek Lady Antlers ended Claremore’s season and chance at a state championship in the state semifinals.

Deer Creek tallied a pair of second-half goals with less than 10 minutes remaining in regulation to advance to the state finals with the 2-0 win.

For Teter and her four other senior teammates, every ounce of sweat was left on the field Tuesday night in Edmond.

The ‘heart’ of this team — the senior leadership of Teter, Jentry Cruce, Anna McGuire, Bailey Bacon and Emily Parkinson — made Deer Creek earn its way back to the state finals.

For 80 minutes, Claremore and Deer Creek competed in a tug-of-war battle that was deadlocked at 0-0 going into halftime.

The first half saw Claremore’s explosive offense — led by junior forwards Paige Noe and Taylor Williams as well as freshman forward Olivia Maulsby — strike first right out of the gate with a pair of piercing shots toward the Deer Creek goalkeeper.

Deer Creek’s keeper, however, dominated in the box and stopped a Claremore offense that had outscored its opponents, 13-0 in the postseason.

Midway through the first half, Deer Creek looked to take the 1-0 lead but Claremore sophomore goalkeeper Brylee Brasher smothered a shot attempt off a corner kick that quickly shifted momentum into the Lady Zebras’ favor.

Riding their defensive intensity, which has been a key component throughout the season and on into the playoffs, McGuire and Cruce  showed strong ‘heart’ and ‘determination’ while roaming both sides of the field.

Deer Creek got on the board with less than nine minutes remaining in the second half on a unassisted goal that caromed to left of Brasher and put the Lady Antlers up 1-0.

Shortly thereafter, the Lady Antlers secured the victory with their second goal that soared out of the reach of Brasher and ended the Lady Zebras’ 12-game winning streak.

Deer Creek and Carl Albert will face off in the 5A Finals for the second year in a row on Friday at OU.

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