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SOCCER: Lady Chicks fare well in home tourney

Mar. 11—The Lady Chicks had a successful tournament run.

The Chickasha girls soccer team competed in the Chickasha Invitational last week and made their way to the championship match. The Lady Chicks went 2-1 in the tournament and advanced to a championship match against a tough Class 3A team in Community Christian School.

The Lady Chicks battled CCS through a goalless 60 minutes of regulation and through six kickers each in penalty kicks after regulation. CCS came away with a hard-fought win in PKs, outscoring Chickasha 3-2 in the shootout.

Shutting teams out

Chickasha's defense stood tall in the three matches.

In fact, Chickasha did not allow a single goal in regulation throughout the tournament. The only time the ball made its way to the back of the goal was in the shootout against CCS in the championship match.

Before the 60 scoreless minutes against CCS, Chickasha earned a pair of shutout victories in the first round and semifinal. The Lady Chicks picked up victories over Lawton High and Bridge Creek to secure their spot in the championship match.

CCS

The championship match was a battle for both teams.

Even though the 60 minutes of regular time came and went without a goal, that does not mean Chickasha did not get close. One opportunity in particular came on a corner kick.

A ball sent into the box found a Chickasha player, and the ball got directed toward the goal. But the CCS keeper came up with a save to keep the match in a 0-0 tie.

Once in PKs, Chickasha got makes from Lainey Jones and Austin Clift. A standout performance in goal helped Chickasha, especially in the shootout.

CCS was successful on three of its six shots in the shootout, and one of the misses rocketed over the crossbar. The other two misses involved Kaytlin Keith coming up big by knocking the ball away.

Lawton High/Bridge Creek

While Chickasha also kept its opponents from scoring, the offense did plenty of scoring in the team's first two matches of the tournament. Chickasha outscored those two opponents 11-0.

The Lady Chicks opened the tournament with a 7-0 victory over Lawton, and they followed that with a 4-0 win over Bridge Creek.

Chickasha held a dominant 3-0 lead by the end of the first half against Bridge Creek and got goals from Jones, Melissa Haunpo and Hannah Verhines. Callie Crawford added a goal in the second half.

Season

Chickasha ended the tournament with an overall record of 3-2. Chickasha is now 3-3.