Perhaps still smarting a bit from the previous afternoon, Chickasha came out with a point to prove in their home tournament consolation semifinal against Elgin Saturday morning.
A 2-0 win, their second of the season, did just that. Two first half goals probably should have turned into more in the latter frame with the amount of chances they created for themselves in the attacking third.
But a win, especially after a resounding loss in the opening round, is a welcome relief.
“We wanted it,” said Cooper Mosley, whose converted penalty two minutes from halftime doubled Chickasha’s advantage. “We’re tired of losing and tired of running in practice for losing.”
Goals at the other end were complimented by a fine performance at the back, where Montana Stonecalf, TJ Filer and Cody Ray did enough to keep the likes of Elgin’s Jax Taylor at bay. Taylor seemed to be at the forefront of any attack, especially in the first half, but the Owls were only able to truly threaten the Chickasha goal on a few occasions.
In contrast, Josh Webb was certainly a contributing factor to Chickasha’s inability to score more. The goalkeeper was in fine form, throwing in a few fantastic saves to keep Elgin at least within sight of a comeback.
It looked quite different, however, when on eight minutes Devin Warden opened the scoring. He latched onto a bouncing ball down the left before sending it across goal looking for central forward Cole Young. Young could only control it before pressure arrived, but he held off and did well to find Warden cutting in before the shot went low to the goalkeeper’s right and in.
Twenty minutes passed with Cooper Mosley doing his best to find teammates running in behind the Elgin defense. On one such occasion, the referee deemed a shot to have hit an Elgin players’ hand inside the box. Mosley was cool as ice with the spot kick, easily slotting it to the left for the 2-0 halftime lead.