ADA — Kristina Gonzalez had two first-half goals and Ada continued to play solid defense as the Lady Cougars snapped a three-match district losing streak with a 2-1 victory over Noble at home Thursday night.
Noble got revenge in the boys game, edging the Cougars 2-1 to send Ada (2-8, 0-4) to its sixth straight loss.
Gonzalez gave Ada (5-5, 1-3) a 1-0 lead early in the first half with a goal off an assist from freshman Leah Huling, and after Noble scored a game-tying goal on a corner kick, she put the Lady Cougars in front for good with her second goal of the match about 10 minutes before intermission.
Huling, Breanna Foster and Victoria Lotter joined Gonzalez to spark an improved Ada offense, which scored for the first time in four games. Sophomore goalkeeper Taryn Jack stopped 12 of 13 Noble shots, and Waumika Kumar led an Ada defense that has surrendered just three goals in the team’s last three outings.
“Taryn played especially well in the second half, and once again the defense was stout and did a good job,” Ada coach Tom Morrison said. “The chemistry was great. Hopefully, we’ll keep stringing wins together and keep getting better.”
Both Ada squads return to action Tuesday, hosting Duncan for Senior Night.
Ada girls play in first golf
tournament of the year
ATOKA — Ada’s first ever girls full golf team played in the Allen Tournament on Thursday at Atoka Trails Golf Course. With senior Newakis Girdley’s score of 110 leading the way, the Lady Cougars shot a team total 483.
“This was a great tournament for us to start the season,” Ada girls golf coach Ron Anderson said. “The Atoka golf course had its challenges, but it was set up to play very fair for the girls.”
All six of Ada’s team members were teeing it up for the first time in tournament play.
“Considering this begin the first ever tournament for any of the girls, I was very proud of their effort,” Anderson said. “Newakis and Alanah Canfield both scored very well for their first tournament, and, once everyone’s nerves settled after the first few holes, they all began to play much better.”
Charlesey YoungWolfe, Kyndel Carter and Mechel Dickerson scored 127, 128 and 132, respectively. Elisah Canfield recorded a 131 playing as an individual.
“The girls had a great time, and that makes it so much better for everyone including me,” Anderson said. “They are all very coachable and willing to learn so that makes my job much easier.”
The Lady Cougars will compete in three more tournaments before the Class 5A regional tournament April 28. The other tournaments include: Tishomingo on Wednesday, Pauls Valley on Friday and Putnum City North on April 22.
Although the Atoka team field and the next two tournaments consist of smaller schools, Anderson felt this inaugural season needed gradual progress.
“There are very good golfers and teams in every class, but I didn’t want to throw this team into the deep end with our first few tournaments. These tournaments will prepare us for what’s ahead in the PC North and our 5A regional tournaments.”