The Norman Transcript

April 16, 2014

Injuries taking a toll on CCS girls squad

Transcript Staff
The Norman Transcript

NORMAN — If luck, like karma, is supposed to come back around, Community Christian’s girls soccer team has a lot to look forward to because, right now, they’re living the other side of the equation.

“In all my years of coaching, I have never experienced a loss such as this,” Royals coach Angela Madory said.

Madory’s referring to horrific injury issues facing her first-year program.

Tuesday night, playing host to Newkirk, the CCS girls fell 6-1, yet it was the conditions under which it happened that are hard to be believed.

Laney McDonald, who took every Royal free and corner kick, and who anchored CCS’ back line, was lost for the season when she suffered a torn quadricep in practice Thursday. 

Rebekah Parr injured her ankle at a club volleyball tournament over the weekend and, said Madory, is “most likely out for the season.” 

Prior to those two injuries, Kerri Ohsfeldt  had gone down with a torn Achilles’ tendon against Dove Academy. And before that, CCS lost Elizabeth Abernethy, who was taking all of the Royals’ long throw-ins.

Going into Tuesday’s loss to Newkirk, the four Royals on crutches and unavailable had accounted for 17 of the program’s 24 goals this season and eight of its nine assists. Also, the quartet represent most of the previous soccer experience in the program.

Tuesday, CCS suited up three players who had never played a soccer game, nor attended a team practice, just to get 11 players on the field.

The loss to Newkirk dropped CCS to 4-5 overall and 2-2 in District 4A-4. Mathematically, they’re still in the middle of the playoff race. Still, given the recent turn of events, it looks like a very long shot.

CCS’s coach understands.

“We should have 20 healthy players by the start of (next season),” said Madory, who’s confident her program will grow. “We will simply keep pushing forward. Keeping any of our … remaining games relatively close would just be a bonus for our program.”

North boys 2, Putnam City 1: OKLAHOMA CITY — Norman North boys coach Geo Claros finally saw more of what he was looking for in the second half Tuesday night at Putnam City Stadium. Only two goals found the net, from Kyle Johnson and Mauro Cichero, but the opportunities were there.

“And we’re catching about every bad break you can get,” Claros said, “and sooner or later that’s going to have to turn around.”

The Timberwolves outshot the Pirates, who scored on their only shot, 23 to 1. 

Norman High girls 10, Midwest City 0: MIDWEST CITY — The good times continue to roll for the NHS girls, who have won three straight games, all of them in District 6A-1.

Tuesday at Midwest City, the Tigers might have watched Gracie Koonce set a program record with seven points. The midfielder finished with four goals and three assists. 

Also scoring for NHS were Asha Haile, twice, Alexis Sanders, Maddie Bowman, Bailey Harris and Lexi Fowler.

The Tigers scored their last goal 5 minutes into the second half, ending the game.

Norman North girls 8, Putnam City 0: OKLAHOMA CITY — It was an easy night for coach Don Rother and the Timberwolves. Everybody got to play and many played more than one position.

“They had a good time,” Rother said of his players.

North picked up two goals from Francesca Ryan and single tallies from Sheridan Spelman, Haley Woodard, Bri Kuestersteffen, Lauren Morf and Lexi Carroll and Camille Greer.

Norman High boys 5, Midwest City 0: MIDWEST CITY — Midwest City’s soccer fortunes may be beginning to change. 

Said NHS coach Gordon Drummond said of the team the Bombers put on the field, “Midwest City had the biggest and fastest team that we’ve ever played against. They could really motor.”

The Bombers may not have soccer players yet, but they’ve got athletes on the pitch. Fortunately, skill won out for the Tigers, who got four goals from Theo Ostas and one from Matt Hockett.

“Theo has learned how to put himself into position to put a shot on goal,” Drummond said.

Community Christian boys 6, Star Spencer 1: Both Chris Abernethy and Dakota Cain picked up two goals and an assist to lead CCS easily past Star Spencer.

Nick Armbruster and Eric Juijarro also scored for the Royals.

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