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April 4, 2014

Soccer set to host Northwest Classen

DUNCAN — The Duncan soccer teams will look to build off last week’s Chickasha tournament when they host Northwest Classen Friday at Halliburton Stadium.

The girls took second, opening the tourney by beating the host Lady Chicks 2-1. It was the first time Duncan has beaten Chickasha in girls soccer.

“We all came together,” said senior Autumn Parker. “It was our best game and everything just clicked.”

Lady Demon coach Delydia Gay said the girls overcame early jitters to put together a good game. Duncan scored two goals in the first half. After Chickasha scored early in the second half, the Lady Demons shut the Lady Chicks down.

“When we got the two quick goals, the girls started to believe they could beat them,” Gay said.

After the Chickasha win, the girls wanted more.

“After playing Chickasha and winning, we’ve set a bar,” Parker said. “We’ve decided we’re going to set it higher.”

Gay said the girls are playing better as a team and have a stronger desire to win. She hopes that continues in the home contest against Northwest Classen. What she wants from the players is to control the ball after the first touch.

“It’s not just playing kickball, but having a purpose for your pass, movement off the ball and communication,” she said.

The boys took seventh, closing with their first win of the season, 4-1 against Elgin. Demon coach Marcus Williams liked how the players came together and took more shots on goal. He praised the play of Josh Adamson and Jose Ojeda, who each scored two goals.

Williams had additional praise for the freshmen who entered the lineup. Younger players such as Mark Olivo and Nathan Rushin stepped up their games.

“All of our freshmen played well,” Williams said. “Looking down the road, with all the experience they are getting now, they should be ready to go in the future.”

Northwest Classen’s boys have a winning tradition, so Williams knows the Demons will be tested. Northwest Classen moves the ball well on offense, but isn’t as strong on defense.

“If they have any weaknesses, it could be their defense,” Williams said, “so hopefully we can exploit that.”

That will require the Demons continue the teamwork they demonstrated against Elgin.

“Hopefully we can build on that to play as a team and not 11 individuals,” Williams said. “We’ve got a tough opponent, and us playing as a team is going to be key to winning that game.”

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