Ada’s boys soccer squad outscored Noble in a shootout and ended a six-game losing streak with a marathon victory at Noble Tuesday night.
The Ada girls didn’t fare as well, dropping a 5-1 decision to fall to 4-4 on the season and 1-1 in district play.
Ada 1, Noble 0
The Cougars took a 1-0 lead on a goal by Ronald Lucas and settled for a 1-1 tie at intermission, then Brooks Thompson’s second-half goal sent the game to overtime. After two scorless 10-minute overtime periods, the game went to the shootout.
In the shootout, Andrew Campbell, Seth Windsor (who had a goal disallowed just seconds after time expired in regulation), Brooks Thompson, Taylor Owens and Lucas all scored on their attempts, and goalkeeper Brady Bowers made a nice save to give Ada (2-6) the victory, which evened Cougars’ district record at 1-1.
“We are very happy with this district win and ending our losing streak,” Ada boys coach Drake Daniels said. “We plan to keep improvig on passing and shooting and working together.”
Daniels said Michael Smola, Jake Todd and Nick Muller “did a fantastic job” defensively, while Lucas, Thompson, Windsor, Owens, Andrew Campbell and Cesar Gonzalez led the offense.
Noble 5, Ada 1
Noble scored two early goals and added another late in the first half to take a 3-0 lead at intermission, then Ada climbed back into the match when freshman Amaris Smitherman scored her first varsity goal off an assist from Victoria Lotter less than 10 minutes into the second half.
“We came out with a lot more intensity in the second half,” Ada girls coach Tom Morrison said. “We had opportunities to get it within one, but we couldn’t take advantage.”
After a couple of Ada shots went wide, Noble took advantage of the Lady Cougars’ offensive pressure and scored on a breakway to make it 4-1. The Lady Bears added a late goal on a penalty kick to complete the scoring.
Taryn Jack made 10 saves in goal for the Lady Cougars, who were playing without several starters.
“We had to mix up the lineup because of players being gone,” Morrison said. “We’ve had to constantly adjust but the kids we’ve put in have done a good job. I was proud of the girls keeping their heads up and battling, but because of that loss and what we’ve got coming up, we’ve put ourselves in a tough positon.”
Both Ada squads return to action Tursday at Lawton MacArthur.