May 8, 2012

Soccer: Lady Chicks can't avenge loss to Titans


It was the game the Chickasha High School girls soccer team had been waiting for since mid-March. It came in the second round of the state playoffs, but the result was the same for the Lady Chicks against Carl Albert.

Chickasha lost 2-0 to the Lady Titans  on Friday at home, once again unable to score against their very physical opponent.

The loss ended Chickasha's playoff run, and the team finished with an overall record of 12-2, both losses to Carl Albert.

The Lady Chicks lost to the Titans back on March 15 in Midwest City, 1-0.

Head coach Bethany Goble knew her team was facing a challenge, and was proud of how her team fought in the game.

"That's what I admire about these girls, just their fight to the finish," Goble said. "We're obviously against a team full of club players. The girls have made improvements all season."

Already down one player, having lost Sydney Cook to injury, The shorthanded Lady Chicks also lost Taylor Smith late in the first half to a right knee injury.

Smith was down for several minutes on the field, and it looked unlikely that she would be able to return.

After being tended to on the sideline and warming up again during halftime, Smith attempted to play at the beginning of the second half. Despite the valliant attempt, Smith simply didn't have the ability to move on the field like she needed to, and was clearly in pain. She was removed a minute into the second half.

Carl Albert scored its first goal in the game during the play when Smith went down, something that drew the attention of some of the Lady Chicks players. The Titans took advantage and took the lead.

The Titans scored again with about two and a half minutes left in the first half on a set play from a corner kick.

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