ALTUS — Sophomore Kristina Gonzalez snapped a 1-1 tie with her 15th goal of the season early in the second half, and Ada’s girls soccer team went on to a crucial 3-1 victory over Altus Friday night.
With the win, the Lady Cougars improved to 7-5 overall and 3-3 in district with only the regular-season finale at Durant Tuesday remaining on their schedule. Carl Albert is unbeaten in district play and has wrapped up the top spot, but Ada is currently in a four-team scrum with Chickasha, Durant and Lawton MacArthur for the three remaining playoff spots out of the district.
“We need to win Tuesday, then I feel like it’s going to come down to the third tiebreaker, which is goal differential,” Ada girls coach Tom Morrison said after seeing his club win its third straight match. “We’re just going to have to win and wait.”
In the boys contest, Altus beat Ada, 5-0, dropping the cougars to 2-10 on the season and 0-6 in district.
Altus took an early 1-0 lead in the girls match on a free kick midway through the first half, but Ariel Bayatfar tied it with her 14th goal of the season off an assist from Victoria Lotter (her 10th of the season) about 10 minutes before intermission.
“We fought the wind in the first half,” Morrison said. “The second half, we came out with the wind and we had a little more intensity. Our passing throughout the game was a lot better than it has been in the past. Victoria Lotter is really emerging as a ball handler for us.”
Gonzalez gave Ada the lead for good with her goal about five minutes into the second half, and the Lady Cougars added some insurance when Laura Reihart drilled a long shot off an assist from senior Destiny Smith.
“With the wind at our back, we decided to let Laura take a rip from about 30 or 40 yards out,” Morrison said. “It looked like she made one, but they disallowed it. She got another chance off an assist from Destiny, and she made that one count.”
Ada’s defense, which hasn’t allowed more than one goal in any match since district play began, was solid again, with sophomore goalkeeper Taryn Jack being asked to stop only three shots, including the free kick.