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April 1, 2014

CHS boys grab conso prize; girls miss out

CHICKASHA —

Chickasha teams saw the same result at the same stage of their bracket against the same team in their home tournament Saturday, but finished on opposite ends.

The Chickasha boys soccer team won the consolation final of the Chickasha Invitational 2-1 against Lawton-MacArthur on Saturday afternoon. The Fightin' Chicks came back from a goal down to secure the win.

The boys team played solid defense pressuring the ball handlers and making solid tackles. Chance Mata scored the equalizer before Cole Young struck with a minute and a half remaining to give Chickasha the win.

While the defense as a whole played well, goalkeeper Riley Williams was in excellent form. Multiple times Williams was called upon to keep Chickasha in the game. In the second half, he Williams was forced to the far back post to block a shot and then recover quickly to stop the rebound seconds later. As the late minutes would show, the series of saves proved crucial.

The game winner came with only 1:20 left in play. Cole Young managed to move past his defender to open a path toward goal. Young faked a shot, forcing the keeper to dive before he put the ball right over his outstretched arms for the game winning goal. 

Instead of dropping back and packing the box, Chickasha heaped on the pressure in the final moments. The strategy seemed to be effective as the Highlanders were unable to match their intensity.

The Lady Chicks, meanwhile, fell 2-1 to Lawton-Mac girls in their consolation final. Shorty Clift scored her first ever goal for Chickasha soccer in the contest, but the Lady Highlanders strength and physicality could not be matched, head coach Bethany Goble said.

Both teams get a lengthy rest before they hit the pitch again to host Newcastle on April 8.

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