- Ada, Oklahoma

April 17, 2014

Newcastle takes pair from Ada High soccer teams

Newcastle — The Ada High School girls soccer team, despite a great defensive effort, dropped a 1-0 district decision to host Newcastle on Tuesday night.

“It was a hard-fought soccer game,” said Lady Cougar head coach Cole Jones. “I was still impressed in the amount of effort and desire the girls played with.”

Jones praised the play of senior defender Kyler Gilliam, who battled her way through the contest despite an ankle sprain she endured in last week’s match with Cache.

“Doing this, she once again led the defensive line with much help from (junior defender) McKenzie Sockey,” Jones said.

He also singled out the play of junior midfielder/defender Taylor Hodges.

“Taylor continues to be a great leader on the field and finds herself around the ball at all times,” said Jones. “I love the amount of energy she brought to the game, and I often feel that helps motivate the rest of her players while they are on the field.”

Ada resumes play Friday with a district contest at Madill before hosting Chickasha on Tuesday. Ada will go go to Bridge Creek on Friday, April 25, to close out the regular season.

“As we go into our next district game this Friday against Madill, we are striving to get better every day and stay focused on the task ahead,” Jones said.

Racers blank Cougars 4-0

The Ada High School boys soccer team surrendered two goals in each half as the Cougars were shut out by host Newcastle, 4-0, in a district contest Tuesday night.

“We gave up an early breakaway and just never recovered,” said Ada head coach Tom Morrison.

Ada faces a must-win situation on Friday, as the Cougars play at Madill in another district match. The Cougars need a victory in order to stay alive for a playoff berth.

“The boys played hard, and I’m proud of them,” Morrison said. “We knew how important that game was and tried to do too much individual stuff and got away from our team concept.”

Morrison singled out the play of Tyler Degraw, who fought hard out on top, and goalkeepers Kobe Bellard and Marwin Dickerson.

“The kids don’t quit, and we will take the next two days to get ready to compete,” said Morrison.

After Friday’s game, Ada hosts Chickasha on Tuesday and closes out the regular season at Bridge Creek on April 25.