Sometimes soccer, can be a very cruel game.
This was a lesson the Duncan Lady Demons found out the hard way Tuesday night against Altus.
After dominating throughout the game with a barrage of shots on the Lady Bulldog goal, it was an innocent dribbler off a corner kick which ultimately led to an Altus victory in double overtime, 1-0.
“We played aggressive and had great passing out there,” Duncan coach Delydia Gay said. “It was just unfortunate for us. There’s not a whole lot to say really except it just wasn’t meant to be. We hit the post, crossbar and had so many opportunities to score.”
With 3:21 left in the second overtime period, Altus’ Tori Buddenhagen sent in a swinging corner kick which took a deflection off several players before dribbling across the line for the game-winner.
The look of shock and disbelief along with silence filled the area at Halliburton Stadium, as the Lady Bulldog players and their fans celebrated on the opposite end.
It was perhaps an undeserved result for the Lady Demons, who were extremely unlucky not to have scored in regulation several times.
Shai Johnson had the first quality attempt for Duncan less than three minutes into the game, when he shot inside the box sailed just over the bar.
Stephanie Wainscott would also have her fair share of opportunities during the first half, as a couple of her attempts were saved by Altus goalie Riley Kinder.
Victoria Demar almost put the Lady Demons up when her header off a corner went off the side netting at 26:46 of the first half.
In the second half Courtney Moore also registered some quality chances on goal, along with Autumn Parker.
Johnson came the closest to scoring in the second half, when an attempted shot by her smacked the crossbar at the 13:50 mark.
In the first overtime, neither team could generate many scoring chances for themselves.
Duncan’s Charity Meadows almost won the game at 8:57 of the second overtime, when her attempted shot off her chest was cleared off the line.
Moore and Lindsey Trostle shared time in the goal, with Trostle playing the entire second half and both overtime periods.
“These girls never gave up out there,” Gay said. “It’s frustrating when you are out there getting all these opportunities and not scoring. To their credit, they kept pushing hard and playing tough out there.”
DHS will try and break its losing streak Friday night on the road against El Reno.
Sometimes soccer, can be a very cruel game.
Richardson’s gem leads Outlaws
No. 3 Marlow baseball senior Kelby Richardson came close to perfection for four innings in 9-0 win Monday over rival Comanche.
Comets rally late to beat Bulldogs
Velma-Alma had a shaky start to its home baseball game against Empire Monday, but overcame a 4-0 deficit to win 6-5.
Central High drops close loss to Ringling
In a pitcher’s duel, No. 12 Central High lost its first game of the season 2-1 to visiting Ringling Monday.
Demon boys golf depth evident
The Duncan boys golf team’s depth was evident at a tournament in Lawton Monday, in which the Demons formed two squads and each took a top-four finish.
Bronchos deliver big victory
No. 12 Central High kicked off its season in dominant fashion, winning 12-3 versus Elmore City-Pernell Friday.
The game was originally supposed to at Elmore City, but their fields were still damaged from the rainfall earlier this week. So the Bronchos hosted the matchup, but Central High coach Jeff Jones still allowed his opponents to be the home team.
Comanche opens with rivalry game
First-year head coach Brent Crow started out the first Comanche baseball practice of the year Saturday asking his players if it would be possible for them to come a half-hour early on Sunday.
The Indians have just two practices before they open up against No. 3 rival Marlow at home Monday, and Crow needs as much time with the players as possible. The players agreed to come at 1:30 p.m. instead of 2, but Crow knows getting ready for the Outlaws in two days will still be a tough task.
Demon track athletes tested right away
The Duncan boys track team placed seventh out of 20 teams at a meet in Norman Friday.
Those teams included last year’s Class 6A state champion Broken Arrow and runner-up Edmond Memorial, the top five teams at last year’s Class 5A state meet and defending 4A state champion Plainview.
Boys tennis ties for third at Ada
The Duncan boys tennis team tied for third at a tournament in Ada Friday.
The Demons and McAlester each scored 42 points, with Carl Albert and Deer Creek tying for second with 43 each. Heritage Hall won the tourney with 61.
Demons keep it close against Southmoore
The Duncan boys soccer team challenged a tough Class 6A Southmoore squad on the road, losing 3-0.
Duncan kept it scoreless for much of the first half, but gave up two late goals. Demon coach Marcus Williams said the team had a couple of mental breakdowns but played well overall.
10 players named Oilfield all stars
There will be 10 players representing Stephens County schools Bray-Doyle and Velma-Alma in the boys and girls Oilfield Conference All-Star games Monday night at 6:30 and 8 p.m.
Velma-Alma coach Kenny Bare will coach the girls game, which will include his own players Samantha Moore, Kaylie Keenan, Teddi Southerland, Ariah Johnson and Bita Humphreys. The players were selected by the eight conference coaches.
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