DURANT — Durant shredded Ada’s usually reliable defense for seven first-half goals en route to a surprisingly easy 9-1 victory that dashed the Lady Cougars’ playoff hopes.
Ada finished the season 7-6 overall and 4-4 in district play, one game away from a playoff berth.
“That was the best team we’ve played so far,” said Ada coach Tom Morrison, whose club hadn’t surrendered more than one goal in its last six games and had given up just 18 goals through 12 games. “The girls didn’t quit. They fought the whole second half, but it’s tough to come back after you spot them seven goals.”
In fact, Durant built a 9-0 lead before senior Ariel Bayatfar — Ada’s all-time leading scorer — got Ada’s only goal late in the game. Bayatfar is one of the seniors on this year’s squad.
“I was proud of the girls, not just last night but all year,” Morrison said. “They learned to love the game, and that will build for next year with the young players we have.”
In the game, Ada was out-shot 22-10 by Durant. Kendra Boydstun scored five goals for the Lady Lions.
The season also ended for the Cougars with a 3-1 loss to the Lions. The lone goal for Ada came with four second left in the first half. Justin Todd did a flip-throw on a throw-in that went untouched until it got to the goalkeeper, and the ball slid through his hands into the net. Ada had 11 shots on goal.
Hunter Murphree scored all three Durant goals.
The Ada boys ended the season 2-11 and 0-7 in district play.