With Chickasha already up 2-0 against Ada in the first half, senior Cooper Mosley eyed-up a free kick opportunity he has practiced countless times before.
Sitting on the edge of the penalty area, 18 yards from goal, Mosley sent a right-footed shot curling up and over a five-man wall, off the underside of the bar and into the net for an eventual 3-0 Chickasha win. It was an emphatic way to cap a concentrated and efficient performance that puts the Fightin’ Chicks (8-1, 4-0) in the driver’s seat to win district.
“I said a prayer and said ‘please let me put this on frame,’” Mosley said about his free kick goal. “And I did, it just went in. That’s my favorite kind. When you practice it, it comes naturally. You just have to have confidence.”
Mosley played a part in all three goals, scoring two of them. His corner kick with about seven minutes off of the clock got things going, as junior Robert Bayer beat his man to the near post and turned the ball into the net.
Ada never did put forth a dangerous shot, though not for a lack of trying. Based around the central defensive pair of Sterling Claphan and Cody Ray, the Fightin’ Chicks back-line rarely budged.
If the Cougars did manage to get in behind, more than likely thanks to Tyler DeGraw prowling just a few yards in front of the defense, any ball that made it through was easily gathered by an alert Riley Williams.
With confidence in the back line, Chickasha pressed on to grab two more goals. Mosley linked up with fellow senior Cole Young for the second, with the striker playing his teammate through one-on-one with the goalkeeper for a powerful finish.
Chickasha had plenty of chances to add to the score line in the second half. Chance Mata had a pair of shots fall narrowly wide of the goal while working down the left-hand side. Young also narrowly missed out on adding to his total, as Chickasha never let its foot off the gas.
The Fightin’ Chicks finish the regular season on the road against Elgin, a game they are expected to win en route to a district title and a spot in the playoffs.
“We have more heart than we did last season,” Mosley said. “A little more talent, but we have a better work ethic. The biggest thing is heart, though. If we keep playing like this, we’ll go deep into state.”