The Chickasha girls soccer team lost its 2016 home opener, 5-0, to Northwest Classen.
The Knights scored three goals in the final five minutes of the contest as Chickasha succumbed to its second defeat of the still young season. Chickasha created a few chances, but the final touch eluded them.
The best chance for Chickasha came early in the second half when senior Taylor Lessig raced around a defender to run with a bouncing ball. She was clipped from behind with only the goalkeeper to beat, leading to a free kick but no yellow or red card for the Classen defender.
The ensuing free kick went straight to the Classen goalkeeper.
High passes over the top of the Knights defense was the most effective way of attack for Chickasha, though it produced few shots. The Classen back line swarmed to loose balls, stymying any attack before it could start.
The Knights took a 1-0 lead with just four minutes off of the clock. Yasmi Gonzalez squeezed through a low shot on the right to settle the ball into the far side of the net.
Chickasha goalkeeper Cheyenne Mata was called into action several times, making three saves in quick succession in the second half. Soon after collecting a shot from a narrow angle into her chest, Mata was quick to dive right and deflect a shot around her right post for a Knights corner kick.
She later punched one out for another Classen corner as the visitors turned up the heat. In the middle of that, another Mata save couldn’t stop the Knights from scoring a second.
Mata parried a hard shot down into the ground, but a foul on the follow-through attempt resulted in a penalty kick. Having threatened for most of the night, Jenny Esqueda finally got her goal to double the lead.
Esqueda then sparked the late three-goal rout to seal the deal with a neat finish after driving through the Chickasha defense.