Ada’s soccer teams suffered a pair of heartbreaking losses Friday night at Lawton MacArthur, with the girls wiping out a two-goal first-half deficit before losing, 4-3, in double overtime, and the boys dropping a 1-0 decision on a controversial penalty kick late in the second half.
With the losses, the Lady Cougars (4-5) and Cougars (2-7) both fell to 1-2 in district play heading into Tuesday’s doubleheader at Duncan.
Lawton Mac 4, Ada 3 (2 OT)
Lawton Mac answered an early goal by Ada sophomore Leah Huling with three straight goals to take a 3-1 lead, then settled for a 3-2 advantage at intermission after Breanna Foster rammed home Ada’s second goal just before halftime.
Senior Kristina Gonzalez tied the score with her fifth goal of the season at the 15-minute mark of the second half, and after a scoreless first extra period, the hosts got the game winner off a corner kick with less than five minutes remaining in the second overtime.
“It was an extremely disappointing loss,” Ada girls coach Tom Morrison said. “I was proud of the determination and pride the girls showed. They could have quit after we got two goals down in the first half, but they didn’t.”
Morrison lauded the play of sophomores Huling and Foster and seniors Gonzalez, Rachel McCann, Laura Reihart and Wamika Kumar, along with McKenzie Lillard and Megan Saint off the bench. Ada outshot Mac, 16-10, with junior Taryn Jack recording seven saves.
“We had multiple opportunities to take the lead in regulation, we just couldn’t finish,” Morrison said.
After Tuesday’s match at Duncan, the Lady Cougars finish the season with three straight — at home against Carl Albert and Durant and at Chickasha — against teams ranked in the top 10 in Class 5A.
“Those teams are in the top 10 in the state, but don’t count us out,” Morrison said. “We’re not done.”
Lawton Mac 1, Ada 0
With the match scoreless, Ada was whistled for a hand ball in the penalty area, resulting in the penalty kick for Lawton Mac (No. 4 in 5A) that resulted in the only goal.
Brady Bowers made six saves as the back of a determined Ada defense led by Nick Muller, Michael Smola, Brady Dowd and Jake Todd.
“The boys played a very good game and came up short,” said Ada boys coach Drake Daniels, whose defense has allowed just one goal in its last two matches. “We are still working hard and shooting for a playoff spot that is not out of reach yet.
“I would like to thank our parents and fans for coming out and supporting our team and thank coach Tom Morrison and Cole Jones for their help,” he added. “It is little things like this that can make or break a team’s confidence in themselves.”