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April 7, 2014

Lady Cougars stop Elgin in overtime

Ada —    The Ada High School girls’ soccer team successfully opened district play Thursday night at home with a shootout victory over Elgin.

  The two teams played to a 1-1 tie through regulation and two 10-minute overtime periods before the Lady Cougars prevailed by converting three of their four shot attempts in the shootout — a one-on-one penalty-kick competition with the goalkeeper.

   In the boys contest, Ada blanked Elgin 4-0.

GIRLS

Ada 1, Elgin 1

   Ada took a 1-0 advantage on a goal by Iridian Bennett. But Elgin tied it with about 10 minutes to go in regulation to force extra play.

   “The girls fought hard all game and left everything on the field,” said Ada head coach Cole Jones. “They played their hearts out, and I couldn’t be any more proud of the way they fought.”

   Brooklyn Capps and Fisher Fulton played split time in goal for the Lady Cougars, as Fulton tended the nets during the shootout.

   “Both goalkeepers played very well. Fisher Fulton was the one in the net when we went into penalty shootouts. She did great and had a fantastic save to end the game,” Jones said.

   Participating offensively in the shootout for Ada were Kyler Gilliam, Taylor Hodges, Amaris Smitherman and Bennett.

   “Taylor Hodges once again played an amazing game with amazing effort,” said Jones. “She has turned into a great leader on the field.”

   Jones also praised his team’s defensive effort, led by Gilliam.

   “Kyler Gilliam had another great game as a defensive leader in the back. I have to give a bunch of credit to her and the help of the rest of the back defensive line,” Jones said.

   Joining Gilliam in that strong defensive effort, according to Jones, were Mckenzie Sockey, Kate Pottebaum and Addison Rhynes.

   “They were really keeping the game in our control. They all did great,” said Jones.

   Jones was also pleased with the key minutes and energy displayed by Isabel Gutierrez, Devon Brown, Madison Feezel, Bennett, Roudee Humphers and Smitherman.

   “This game was won with a complete team effort,” Jones said. “Our goal, going into this game, was to go out with a win and start to get on a roll going through districts.”

   The Lady Cougars are at home with Cache for a District 4A-2 match on Tuesday, beginning at 5 p.m.

BOYS

Ada 4, Elgin 0

   Senior midfielder Ruslan Hinson and junior forward Tyler Degraw each scored a pair of goals and assisted twice as the Ada Cougars rolled to a 4-0 district-opening soccer victory over the visiting Elgin Owls on Thursday night.

   Hinson tallied the first score off Degraw’s assist about 10 minutes into the contest. Hinson also scored the second goal and returned the favor by assisting Degraw for the Cougars’ final two goals, the latter of which came with about 10 seconds to go.

   “The boys understand how important every goal is in the district. Those four goals are big toward a playoff berth when it comes down to a tie and goal differential,” said Ada head coach Tom Morrison.

   The Cougars, who improved to 4-3 on the season and moved to 1-0 in the district, outshot Elgin 16-3.

   “That was due to strong midfield play by James Stenson and Ruslan Hinson,” Morrison said.

   Morrison also credited his defensive play from Chase Lott, Cedar Easterling, Hunter Ross, Justin Latham and Todd Penick along with goalkeepers Marwin Dickerson and Kobe Bellard, who shared time.

   “That makes three games in row without giving up a goal, outside of a penalty kick,” said Morrison.

   The opposition has scored twice off penalties in the past three matches.

   The next action for Ada will be Tuesday at home against Cache in another District 4A-2 contest at 7 p.m., following the girls game.

   “Cache is the defending district champion,” Morrison said. “It takes one step at a time. We need to continue to get better as a team. That’s our plan.”

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