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Soccer sometimes can be a very cruel game.
After tying the game at 1-1 late in the second half against Lawton MacArthur, the Duncan Lady Demons were a victim of a quick counter-attack and paid the price for it.
The end result was a goal slotted home by MacArthur’s Kourtney Myskey which not only gave MHS a 2-1 victory, but handed Duncan its first home loss of the season.
“We just weren’t ready to play today,” Duncan assistant coach Ramon Garcia said. “We were more concerned with the weather and the rain and lost focus of MacArthur’s attack. It cost us because we came out flat-footed and they were ready to play.”
With both teams battling to a scoreless first half in rainy and cold conditions, it was all to play for in the second half.
Finding themselves down 1-0, the Lady Demons turned up the pressure, which eventually paid off at the 5:31 mark of the second half.
Autumn Parker sent in a low free kick attempt into the box, which found teammate Stephanie Wainscott, who slotted home the equalizer for Duncan.
The goal was greeted with many cheers from the DHS fans who braved to sit through the downpour of rain which began more than an hour before kickoff.
However just moments later, at with less than four minutes to play, the Lady Highlanders found themselves back on top of proceedings.
A defensive mistake at the back allowed Myskey to dribble into the box, firing off two shots with the rebound finding the back of the net.
DHS almost found another equalizer with time running out as Shai Johnson was sent through, but the pass was too heavy and the clock counted Duncan out on the night.
“Mentally we need to be ready for whatever comes out as far as the weather,” Garcia said. “It could be hot, it could be cold. Regardless of the conditions we need to be prepared and ready to play out there.”
Lady Highlanders captain Lacey Flaig gave MacArthur a 1-0 lead at the 7:30 mark when she emerged from a scramble in the box to fire home a shot which deflected in off the crossbar.
Charity Meadows almost gave the Lady Demons the lead in the second half but her attempt on goal after a bobble from MHS goalkeeper Tiffani Langston was saved before she could grab a rebound.
The Lady Demons (4-3, 0-1) will be on the road Friday night taking on Durant with kickoff set for 5 p.m.