April 25, 2014

Seventh heaven in Chicks' season finale

Adam Troxtell
The Express-Star

CHICKASHA — A rough season ended happily for the Chickasha boys, who bulldozed their way to a 7-0 win over Elgin at home behind five goals from forward Cole Young.

With the first goal coming as early as four minutes in, the Fightin’ Chicks were dominant from the start for their first and only district win of the 2014 season. Young seemed to score almost every time he touched the ball, supported by a midfield who were lethal in their passes. Cooper Mosley, who like Young is a junior, and Javier Willetts were particularly troublesome for the Elgin defense.

The Owls had Beau Spencer and Jax Taylor to thank for their source of offense, even if it didn’t produce much. Chickasha’s defense was first to loose balls more often than not, severely restricting Elgin’s time in their attacking third. On the flip side, they struck early.

Trevor Youmans had many solid headers as one of the Elgin center backs, but he’ll want to forget his first just four minutes into the game. A long free kick from Cooper Mosley curled in toward the Fightin’ Chicks attackers when Youmans, facing his own goal, intervened. The resulting header looped high over  Josh Webb and into the net.

Soon after, Chickasha doubled its lead through its own power. Another Mosley long ball out of midfield bounced awkwardly for Elgin defender Bradyn Sellars, who in the process lost Cole Young. The tall Chickasha forward sped past Sellars and put the ball to Webb’s near post. Not five minutes into the contest, Chickasha held a 2-0 advantage.

Elgin settled down, but Chickasha’s chances were more threatening. Magyver Boles latched onto Xavier Willetts’ long ball on the right, but pulled his shot wide to the far post. Later, Mosley turned from provider to near scorer when he beat the Owls back line on a long ball. He squared up in the middle, but his placed shot was saved by the quick reflexes of Webb.

Within 10 minutes of the second half, Young had his hat trick. The Owls line just couldn’t keep up with him, or move him off the ball. The services from the likes of Mosley and Xavier Willetts kept coming, and it spelled trouble for Elgin.

Willetts long free kick from inside the Chickasha half caught the Owls off guard, but not Young. Webb got a touch on it when the two met in the box, but Young scored on the follow through for the 3-0 lead. Minutes later, another through ball found Young for his third.

He played provider later. After rumbling through the Elgin defense, Young’s shot was blocked but he caught up to it. From the end line, he found a wide open Mosley who powered in Chickasha’s fifth.

By now, Chickasha were scoring for fun, and Young did two more times. It’s Chickasha’s most overwhelming win of the season and helps them end on a high note in head coach Scott Parkinson’s final season in charge.