Kelsey Springstead had a “hat trick-plus” last night, netting four goals to lead the Lady Chicks past El Reno 4-1 in their first home match of the season.

Isabel Schiller got an assist on the first score thirteen minutes in with a nice cross from the right side. The junior German exchange student took the ball deep into the corner and slid the ball past her defender to Springstead's feet right at the six for the score.

A solo run around the corner and across the front of the net got Springy goal number two with just under four minutes to go in the half.

El Reno forward Brittany Nuzum worked her way through the Chick defense two minutes into the second half to put one by keeper Amy Witt from point-blank range but Chickasha took control right back and pinned the Indians in. Springstead picked off a loose ball in a flurry just inside the eighteen and buried it for the hat trick and a 3-1 Chick lead.

After six minutes, Nuzum got loose again on a breakaway but this time Witt had time to cut an angle and attack, coming out and sliding to cover the ball for a crucial save.

Momentum went back to Chickasha and Springstead scored her fourth goal on an almost identical play as her third.

El Reno pulled starter Megan Martin and new keeper Sara Apple was tested almost immediately. Springstead got loose on a breakaway and unloaded from the eighteen but Apple stood firm and slapped the ball down. Springy tried to pop it right back but the quick volley sailed over the top of the crossbar.

Witt picked up another “attacking” save on an Indian direct kick before calling it a night with nine minutes left. Sophomore Miranda Kell got her first taste of match action in the nets and the first-year player made her first save with four minutes left in the match.

Chickasha outshot El Reno 21-8 and Witt had four saves on the night. The team will be back in action Thursday at Western Heights.

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