April 9, 2014

Late Lessig strike sinks Racers in first district win

Max Terrell
The Express-Star


After a week out of action, Chickasha soccer got their spring going with a bang on Tuesday in an exciting 2-1 win over Newcastle.

Two Lady Chicks ended the intense matchup on yellow cards as a late strike from leading goal scorer Taylor Lessig proved to be the decider in their first district match of the season.

 It was the first game for Chickasha since a March 29 loss in the Chickasha Invitational consolation semifinal.

They dominated time of possession in the first half, and that led to plenty of chances. The Lady Chicks (5-2) fired at the goal multiple times but had a hard time finding that decisive goal.

It finally fell  when left winger Tara Arnold put the ball in off a pass down the left side from forward Lessig. 

Despite holding the ball for the majority of the first half, a short lapse in defense cost Chickasha late. They allowed the Racers to get an uncontested shot straight at keeper Madison Snyder, tying the game up at a crucial time.

Any momentum Newcastle could have found from that equalizer was soon taken away. The second half of play saw much of the same as Chickasha's speed was too much for Racer markers. 

After again dominating the possession time and keeping the ball on Newcastle’s side of the pitch, the Lady Chicks finally put the game away. With a little over ten minutes left, Lessig scored the game winning goal after picking up the ball in the attacking third and speeding past her markers.