NOBLE — The Ada High Cougar soccer squad earned its first win of the season with a 2-1 victory over Guthrie Thursday in first-round action at the 16th annual Noble Rose Rock Tournament.

“The defense stepped up to the plate last night,” said Cougars’ head coach Drake Daniels. “Aaron Robinson started his first game as keeper. He had 10 saves and there was a total of 20 shots taken. Wil Hayden, Wes Eaves, Mark Jones, Joel Barrick and Jade Rudd kept (Guthrie’s) offense away from our goal.”

Daniels said the Cougar offense did an outstanding job.

“Phillip Thomaschewski and Nate Compton scored and Steven Silva, Ricardo Almeda and Erik Lennerman kept the pressure on Guthrie’s defense,” he said. “As a team we played the way I knew we could play. We are pretty banged up right now. Joel Allen has a broken finger. Chad Leonard and Sam Weirick have ankle injuries and Phillip (Thomaschewski) has been hobbled.”

The Cougars take on Noble at 11 a.m. Saturday at Noble High School.

The Lady Cougars didn’t fare quite as well, dropping a hard-fought 2-0 match to Guthrie Thursday the tournament.

“We just didn’t come out ready to play,” said Lady Cougars head coach Donna Cox. “We only attempted three shots on goal in the first half. “We’re not controlling the ball at midfield. We’re just not offensive-minded. We’re playing good defense, but you have to score to win.”

Guthrie’s Yodra Guzman scored on a corner kick in the first half, and Tara Boyd converted a breakaway in the second half for the game’s only scores.

Cox was disappointed but came away feeling good about her squad.

“Caitlin Patrizi, a senior, and freshman Cara Cliburn played outstanding games for us Thursday,” she said. “We just need to put more pressure on our opponents on the offensive side of the ball. We’re going to be OK.”

The Lady Cougars are playing short-handed.

“Joy Barrick is still playing basketball (The Lady Cougars ended their season with a first-round loss in the Class 5A State Tournament Thursday night) and Jessica Kinney is out with a torn ACL,” Cox said. “But we don’t make excuses. We’re going to keep working hard to improve every day.”

The Lady Cougars (1-2) are in action at Noble at 9:30 a.m. Saturday against Cordell. They will play another game later in the day.

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