Ada’s girls soccer team scored early and late and beat Altus, 2-1, at home Thursday night in the district opener for both teams.
In the boys game, the Cougars showed dramatic improvement in their second game back after a two-week break but dropped their seventh match in a row, 1-0.
Ada 2, Altus 1
Senior Kristina Gonzalez gave Ada (4-3) the lead less than three minutes into the game, scoring on an arching shot over the Altus goalkeeper from about 35 yards out off an assist from Victoria Lotter.
Altus tied the score off a rebound midway through the second half, and the score stayed knotted until Rachel McCann rammed home the game winner off an assist from Gonzalez with about five minutes left.
Ada outshot Altus, 13-5, and junior keeper Taryn Jack made four saves.
“It was probably the best team match we’ve had all year — a lot of good passing, a lot of good running, and everybody worked together,” Ada girls coach Tom Morrison said. “It was good to get a district win. Hopefully we can get a few more and turn this into a playoff season.”
In addition to Gonzalez, McCann and Lotter, Morrison praised the work of McKenzie Lillard on defense and freshman forward Amaris Smitherman with sparking the offense.
Altus 1, Ada 0
Brady Bowers made 11 saves in goal, but a revamped Ada lineup couldn’t halt the Cougars’ losing streak. Jake Todd, Brady Dowd, Nicklas Muller and Michael Smola led an inspired defensive effort in the loss.
“We made some changes from our last few matched, and it worked out for the best for our team,” said Ada boys coach Drake Daniels, whose club had lost to Newcastle, 9-0, on the road Tuesday. “We moved Seth Windsor back to midfield and Michael Smola to defense. “Our offense will begin to click and score some goals and win some matches this year.”
Both Ada squads will continue district play Tuesday at Noble. The girls contest will begin at 5 p.m.