MIDWEST CITY — Carl Albert scored late in the first half and made that lone goal stand up in a 1-0 victory over the Ada girls soccer team Thursday night.
The loss, Ada’s second 1-0 setback in a row, dropped the Lady Cougars to 4-4 on the season and, more importantly, to 0-2 in district play with five games remaining.
“Defensively, we’re doing a great job,” Ada girls coach Tom Morrison said. “We just have to work on our transition and passing the ball. Our passing has to improve. A team that does not pass well does not play well. It’s frustrating, but it’s fixable.”
Ada’s boys squad also lost Thursday but turned in a solid performance in a 4-1 defeat to fall to 2-6.
Sophomore goaltender Taryn Jack, coming off a 16-save effort in a 1-0 loss to Newcastle Tuesday, stopped 12 shots against Carl Albert, which eliminated the Lady Cougars, 8-0, in the 2009 playoffs. Morrison said the windy conditions made it tough on both offenses.
“The wind was gusting probably 35 miles per hour, so the conditions were tough for both teams,” he said. “We were a little bit sluggish in the first half, but I was pleased with our effort and intensity in the second half. Everybody worked hard out there.”
Ada has a pair of road matches this week, against Chickasha Tuesday and Noble Thursday, and Morrison said every game is critical the rest of the way.
“Next week is big for us,” he noted. “We have five games left, and we’ll probably have to win four of the five to make the playoffs.”
Ada soccer teams suffer losses to Newcastle
ADA — Ada’s girls soccer team turned in an outstanding defensive effort, and sophomore goalkeeper Taryn Jack made a career-high 16 saves, but Newcastle scored a late goal to edge the host Lady Cougars 1-0 Tuesday night.
“Taryn had an outstanding game, and defensively we had another great effort,” Ada coach Tom Morrison said after seeing his club fall to 4-3 on the season heading into a key district contest at Class 5A power Carl Albert. “We just have to be a better passing team. We’re young, and it’s coming.”
The match was still scoreless with about 15 minutes left when Newcastle finally found the net for the evening’s only goal.
“Fighting against the wind, we just couldn’t get an equalizer,” Morrison said. “If we continue to give effort like we did, good things are going to happen.
“Our young girls are learning and getting better,” he added. “They just have to get better quicker if we’re going to make a move.”
Ada also lost Tuesday’s boys match to fall to 2-5 on the season. No further information was available at press time.