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It’s been two weeks since the Duncan girls soccer team’s 3-2 win against U.S. Grant, but they will try to keep the momentum going.
Lady Demon coach Delydia Gay hopes that win will have the players in the right mindset for the Chickasha tournament, which starts Thursday.
Duncan (1-2) opens against the host Lady Fighting Chicks Friday at 3 p.m. The Lady Fighting Chicks are expected to be the top team in the tourney field. The Lady Demons lost to Chickasha 3-0 during preseason scrimmages, but Gay believes the team can grab a win if the players execute.
“I feel like if we come out playing hard, get some confidence under our belts and not be intimidated by Chickasha,” Gay said, then the Lady Demons have a chance.
Duncan will not have junior Elle Welborn in the goal because Welborn tore her ACL while on a skiing trip during spring break. Sophomore Lindsey Trostle will be the goalie. Gay said losing Welborn is hard, but the team will move forward.
“It’s unfortunate for Elle because the competition makes everyone better,” Gay said. “Her and Lindsey were battling for that spot. But that’s OK. We’ll get it all figured out.... Lindsey will do a good job for us.”
The Duncan boys (0-3) will aim for their first win of the season. They open tourney play aginst Capitol Hill on Thursday at 4:30 p.m. Capitol Hill beat Duncan 3-0 during a preseason scrimmage, but Demon coach Marcus Williams believes his players can do better.
“They’ve got a little more individual skill than we do, but as a team, I think we can take them,” Williams said.
What will be key is finishing, Williams said. The players need to finish their tackles, passes and goal-scoring opportunities.
“We need to play hard the whole 60 minutes,” he said. “Our problem this season is we play well in spurts, but now, can we piece it together and play the whole game.”
Tourney play concludes for both teams Saturday. Each team will play two games. The Duncan boys, though, will have a day off after their opening match. Williams likes that because it will allow the Demons a chance to rest for a day and make adjustments for Saturday’s play.