Aaron Colen, Sports Editor, Aaron.Colen@chickashanews.com
As the Chickasha High School boys soccer continues through the season, the boys are learning more and more how to "express themselves" on the field.
That expression led to three second-half goals and another district win for the Fightin' Chicks over Duncan on Tuesday evening at Hampton Field.
Chickasha beat the Demons 3-0 in a game that was played about an hour ahead of schedule due to the threat of severe weather. It was the Chicks' second win in as many days, and boosted the team to a 6-2 record, 3-0 in the district.
The two teams played a scoreless first half, and the Chicks, having established the defense in the first half, began to loosen up on the offensive end in the second half.
"They knew basically that our concepts are not to concede, and that's what's important to us," head coach Scott Parkinson said. "We wanted them to express themselves a little bit more, get a little bit more comfortable on the ball and create some chances rather than just defending and trying not to lose the game."
Devin Mabry had one goal and one assist, and Cooper and Ryan Mosley each had one goal in the second half. Devin Warden and Sterling Claphan also had one assist each.
"Express yourself" is a concept Parkinson has been teaching his players all season, and it refers to his players tapping into their individual styles and abilities in order to make things happen on the field.
"When I see a team in Britain play, they're always very militant," Parkinson said. "They work hard and kind of grit out results. But some of the best teams around the world are playing excellent football, and they believe in their own skills and talents. I don't want the kids to fall into playing one standard way.
"I basically just try to challenge the kids," Parkinson said. "While we want them to be structured, we want them to express themselves as best as they can."
Chickasha's defense has been expressing itself all season, and has only allowed one goal in the last five games, but Parkinson said there is still more room for growth in that area.
"We've still got a ways to go, and there are still some areas we need to work on," Parkinson said. "A clean sheet is a clean sheet at the end of the day. But it's not just the defense that causes the clean sheet, it's the offense, too. Attack is the best form of defense."
Chickasha's next game is 7 p.m. Friday, when the Chicks host Western Heights for senior night, the final home game of the year.
There are nine listed seniors on Chickasha's boys roster, meaning upperclassmen have made a big impact on this year's team.
"Having the experience and athleticism is definitely a bonus for us," Parkinson said. "We are going to lose some good players this year, but to be honest with you, for example, our goalkeeper [Harrison Ford] is a senior, but he's never played in goal in his life. It just comes down to our boys working hard and listening to what we want them to do, and our coaching staff just living and breathing this program."