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The Duncan soccer teams won’t go to the postseason, but they have plenty to play for Friday night against Western Heights.
It’s the last home games for the Demons and it’s Senior Night. The girls will look to finish near .500 for the season, while the boys want a good showing against a tough opponent.
The Duncan girls (5-7) had chances to win two district games against Northwest Classen and Lawton MacArthur, but fell short in each. Lady Demon coach Delydia Gay believed that, if the girls had played better, they could have won both games. Those wins would have put the Lady Demons in the top four, which would have meant a trip to regionals.
Still, Gay is pleased with how the girls have matured in recent weeks.
“The last couple of games, we were ready to play from the get go and not giving up,” she said. “Maturity, I think, would be one of the biggest things I can see (in recent weeks).”
The Duncan boys are 1-11, but coach Marcus Williams sees better teamwork.
“At the start of the season, we had 11 individuals on the field,” he said. “Now I feel like they are playing more as a team. We didn’t get the results we wanted, but we are starting to look like we want to win games.”
Both teams were young. The Demon boys had a sophomore in the goal, Colby McCauley, and Williams is pleased with how well he has played. Sophomore Jose Ojeda has given the Demons a spark, as have fellow sophomores Orlando Martinez and Victor Marquez. Williams likes what he has seen from freshmen Mark Olivo, Nathan Rushin, Isaiah Sanchez and Christian Escandon.
“Hopefully the young guys listen to what I’ve said about joining a competitive team (in the offseason),” Williams said. “If they can get that extra experience, they’ll be a pretty good team that can contend for the playoffs next year.”
The Duncan girls have two sophomores leading the attack. Stephanie Wainscott has scored many of the team’s goals, and has had at least one assist in the past few games. Fellow sophomore Shai Johnson has emerged in recent weeks, scoring several goals. Gay said she is also happy with how the freshmen have contributed.
“I’m excited to see how they’re going to mature,” Gay said.
The Lady Demon coach expects the team can close with a win Friday. Western Heights has not won a district game. Not only would Gay like to see the Lady Demons close the season with a win, but get a win for the seniors in their final game.
The Western Heights boys team is second in the district. Williams said Western Heights is well coached and has been a top team the past two years. He hopes the Demons will play with pride in their final match and give the seniors something to remember.
CORRECTION: In the March 23 story about the Duncan soccer teams, Jared Bruns’ name was misspelled “Burns.” The Duncan Banner regrets the error and is happy to set the record straight.