(Photo courtesy of Chanute HS student Sophie Osborn)

Chanute welcomed the El Dorado Wildcats, this thursday gaining a 3-0 win behind two goals from Jay Brown and one from Mike Aylward. After Brown made his second goal on a penalty kick (PK) in the 32nd minute, Coach Adam Wilcox took him out of the game and would not play him for the remaining 48 minutes.

“Jay missed the first one, but he took it before the ref blew the whistle to start play so it didn’t count, and he was not the one that I told to be taking the PK. So he came out of the game, sitting on two goals, which you normally don’t do.” Coach Wilcox on his decision to sit Brown.

As the game started, the Blue Comets were clicking on offense. They made great passes on their way to Brown’s first goal in the 6th minute. The Comets would continue to create opportunities and then, in the 32nd minute, it looked liked Brown was about to score his second goal, when an El Dorado player pushed Brown down in the goal box. Brown took the PK and scored. Chanute would continue to dominate the scoreboard through the rest of the game. Including, Michael Aylward scoring his first goal of the season on a header off of a corner kick from Adrian Becannon. The final score, Comets 3, Wildcats 0.

For the final two minutes of the game, the hometown crowd rallied behind Trey Smoot. Smoot is a JV starter and a sub for varsity. Towards the beginning of the season, Smoot fractured his wrist, and this was the first varsity playing time he had seen all season.

“He’s alright. He’s been playing a lot of JV time. I mean I want him on varsity, on the bench like Walker [Becknell] and, not the same category but, Grayson [Burchett]. They’re good players that I hope we are going to be leaning on in a year or two. So, I want them on Varsity to learn now, probably more than I want them to play, I want them to sit and learn. It was cool to get Trey in. It was one of those deep bench guys that’s a crowd favorite.” Coach Wilcox on Smoot’s first varsity appearance.

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