Aaron Colen, Sports Editor, Aaron.Colen@chickashanews.com
It took two overtimes, but the Chickasha High School boys soccer team was able to beat the El Reno Indians in an uncharacteristically cold April game Friday night at Hampton Field.
The Fightin' Chicks won the game 2-1 thanks to a goal by John Henley just over one minute into the second overtime.
The Chickasha boys scored their first goal in the first half with 23:29 to play.
Devin Warden scored the goal on an assist by Henley.
El Reno tied the game with just over five minutes to play in the first half on a penalty kick.
The second half was scoreless, although the gameplay grew increasingly physical. One El Reno player was ordered off the field by the referee after intentionally throwing a Chickasha player to the ground.
The game was played in the middle third of the field for most of the second half, and neither team could gain much momentum or establish its offense.
In the overtime, Chickasha kept three or four defenders back at all times, and El Reno could not create any scoring opportunities.
Chickasha had several scoring chances, including a few corner kicks, but nothing came of them.
El Reno began the second half with a high-pressure defense, but couldn't keep the ball in the attacking third after Harrison Ford made a save with nine minutes left.
The Chicks pushed the ball down the right side of the field, and sophomore Cole Young sent an accurate pass to Henley, who put the game winner in with 8:44 to play in the second overtime.
Chickasha had 16 shots in the game, including four by Warden and six by Cooper Mosley.
The win was Chickasha's third straight, and the Fightin' Chicks improved to 4-2, starting district play off 1-0.
Lady Chicks continue roll
The Chickasha High School girls soccer team took care of business with much less drama than the boys team, beating El Reno 3-1.
The Lady Chicks are now 6-0-1 this year, and have won six games in a row.
Senior Kelsey Taylor returned to the Chickasha lineup after sitting out a game with a broken nose suffered during the Chickasha Invitational.
Taylor sported a protective mask during the game, and still managed to lead the way with two goals.
Fellow senior Hannah Elrod scored a goal on a penalty kick.
Taylor and Elrod each had seven shots, and Alyssa Willets had one assist on a Taylor goal.
The Chickasha soccer teams return to action at 5:30 p.m. (girls) and 7:30 p.m (boys) against Duncan. It will be the Chicks' senior night game.