Aaron Colen, Sports Editor, Aaron.Colen@chickashanews.com
The Chickasha High School boys soccer team was up against the cold, on the road, and seemingly against the referees at times during Tuesday night's game at Altus High School.
The Fightin' Chicks ended up losing 2-1 to the Bulldogs, but kept the goal differential they needed to secure a spot in the state playoffs.
"Frustrating game," head coach Scott Parkinson said. "The refereeing was just something like I've never seen before in my life. Our boys were the best team, our boys played the best. We controlled the game.
"They needed to beat us by three, so it felt like everything that happened down there was working toward us losing by three," Parkinson said. "So to come out, losing by one, and beating them to a place in state was a job done, to me. The boys did what they needed to do."
Nathan Stewart scored Chickasha's only goal of the game on a 50-yard clearance kick that caught the wind and went in over the goalkeeper's head.
"That was the little bit of luck we needed," Parkinson said.
Chickasha finished the regular season with a 7-5 record, and ended up third in the district with the program's first winning season since 2009. Parkinson said that result is a successful regular season.
"My objective was just to try and better last year, and try to get a little bit better," Parkinson said. "All-in-all we probably slightly over-achieved in our first year. We're disappointed we lost, but to say we're just behind Lawton Mac and Western Heights and third in the district is an accomplishment."
The Fightin' Chicks will likely play at Northwest Classen on Tuesday in the first round of the playoffs. Chickasha scrimmaged Northwest Classen before the season.
"We scrimmaged them this year and lost 3-1, but we actually played quite well," Parkinson said. "Since then we've grown a lot. Just really excited to get an opportunity to beat one of the big games away from home.
"If they boys apply themselves and give me that concentration level for 80 minutes, then I think we can beat somebody big," Parkinson said. "I think we've got a big win in us."