Ada 4, McAlester 1
McALESTER — Tyler Degraw tallied two first-half goals and Todd Penick and Jeremiah Larry scored once each in the second as the Ada Cougars rolled to a 4-1 soccer victory over host McAlester on Tuesday night.
Degraw’s two scores were set up by assists from Daniel Valles and Ruslon Hinson.
In the second half, Penick scored off a booming 35-yard shot off a set piece to give Ada a 3-1 advantage, and Larry hit the back of the net with a score with just seven minutes to go to put the finishing touches on the win.
Cougar goalkeeper Kobe Bellard was outstanding, registering five saves, one of which he stopped off a penalty kick late in the first half.
Ironically, McAlester’s lone goal came off a penalty kick in the second half as the Buffaloes pulled within 2-1, but Penick answered with his score approximately two minutes later.
“The back four played solid as one unit against a strong, fast, pressure offense. Todd Penick, Cedar Easterling, Justin Lathum and Hunter Ross are playing well together,” said Ada head coach Tom Morrison. “It was a strong, well-placed shot by Penick.”
Morrison also praised his midfielders, who set the stage for the offensive success.
“Our midfield — (James) Stenson, Hinson, Valles and Larry — created opportunities all night with good ball movement, and (Chase) Lott secured the back end at holding midfielder,” Morrison said. “I was happy with the result and going into district play next week, the key will be growth as a team."
Ada’s next action will be at home against Noble at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, following the 5:30 p.m. girls match.
Ada 2, McAlester 1
McALESTER —Taylor Hodges and Madison Feezel each scored a goal as the Ada High School girls soccer team registered a 2-1 victory at McAlester on Tuesday night.
Hodges’ goal came off a shot from 30 yards out.
“I feel like this is the best we have played this season,” said Ada head coach Cole Jones. “Taylor Hodges and Amaris Smitherman once again played an outstanding game and hustled all over the field. Rumor Lejeune played very hard and brought a lot of energy to the field when she was in the game.”
Jones also praised his team's defensive effort, limiting the Lady Buffs to one goal. “Kyler Gilliam and Mckenzie Sockey held down the defense very well. We relied on them a lot because McAlester was very offensive-minded and made it tough on the back four,” Jones said.
Madison Cartwright was also singled out by Jones for her play after making her first varsity appearance and playing all 80 minutes at right defender.
Fisher Fulton and Brooklyn Cupps split the goalkeeping chores.
“They both had outstanding games once again,” said Jones.
The next action for the Lady Cougars will be at home against Noble at 5:30 p.m. Thursday.