The Ada boys soccer team looked like it may play the role of spoiler to a Durant squad that needed a win to keep its playoff hopes alive during a Senior Night matchup with their old rivals at home Tuesday evening.
But after Ada junior Brooks Thompson scored a quick goal just 4:31 into their match, the Cougars wouldn’t score again.
Ada managed just eight more shot attempts over the final 75-plus minutes and the Lions used three second-half goals to break a 1-all tie en route to a 4-1 victory at the AHS soccer field.
Coach Drake Daniels watched his team lose its fourth straight contest, falling to 2-12 overall and 1-5 in district play while Durant evened its record to 6-6 and moved to 4-2 in the district race.
In the girls contest, the Ada offense never got going at all in an 8-0 loss to the Lady Lions. Durant, ranked No. 5 in Class 5A, improved to 10-2 overall 5-1 in the district while Ada slipped to 5-7 and 2-4.
Durant 4, Ada 1
After Thompson scored with 35:29 showing on the clock (his fifth goal of the spring), the game turned into a defensive stalemate over the remainder of the first half. In fact, if not for Rey Mata’s penalty kick goal — following a tripping call with 15:47 remaining in the half — the Lions would have gone scoreless during the first 40 minutes.
Durant’s Tyler Stinnet tried to give his team the lead with just 3:18 left in the opening period, but Ada goalkeeper Brady Bowers — who finished with 13 saves on the night — stopped his shot from point blank range.
The Lions struck early in the second period when Tracy Herron’s header bounced off the left post and glanced into the net at the 38:57 mark.
Thompson got loose near the net and had an open look but a Durant defender made a block to keep Ada off the scoreboard midway through the second half.
Ben Franks scored the Lions’ final two goals, including a floater that went just over Bowers’ outstretched arms into the back of the net with 11:52 to play to end the scoring. The visitors outshot Ada 14-9.
Durant 8, Ada 0
The Lady Lions (No. 5 in Class 5A), who seemed to get break after break, got a lucky bounce within the first five minutes of the game when Blakeley Franz’ attempt at a header bounced right to Durant’s Taryn Ritter in stride for an unintentional assist to an easy goal.
Four minutes later, Kendra Boydstun found herself wide open near the net and her goal at the 31:54 mark put Ada in an early 2-0 hole. It was her 26th goal of the year.
Ada sophomore Leah Huling nearly cut the Durant lead in half when she found an opening near the net, but her shot sailed just to the left of the goal at the 28:54 mark.
After two amazing stops two minutes apart by Ada goalkeeper Taryn Jack, Crystal Guilbeau booted the ball just inside the post into the left side of the net to put Durant on top 3-0 at the halfway point of the first half.
“Our seniors did a good job. Defensively, we had a couple of slip ups and got behind early,” Morrison said. “But I’m proud of them for keeping their heads up and not quitting. Even when they knew they were out of the playoffs, they continued to battle. This has been a great group to work with.”
After 14 scoreless minutes, Boydstun got behind the Ada defense for a point blank goal just 6:09 before halftime to put the Lady Lions on top 4-0.
Durant’s Cheyenne Caraway put Ada in a 6-0 hole with the first two goals of the second half — the first on a breakaway and the next via a shot that glanced off the left post into the back of the net after taking a long pass from Caroline Lloyd.
Weslina Coxey and Elaney Schmidt wrapped up the scoring for the visitors.
Both Ada teams wrap up their 2011 spring seasons at Chickasha Thursday night.