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March 31, 2014

Cougars turn back Noble

Ada —    Tyler Degraw scored two first-half goals and Jacob Faulkenberry had the other in the second as the Ada High School boys soccer team rolled to a 3-1 victory over visiting Noble on Thursday night.

   Degraw’s first score was assisted by Chase Lott on a well-placed entry pass, and the second came off a breakaway shot to the left post.

   After Noble pulled within 2-1 off a penalty kick, Faulkenberry put the finishing touches on the win with an assist from Jeremiah Larry with about four minutes to go.

   “The boys are playing hard and getting some confidence. We plan on working hard to continue to grow as a possession team,” said Ada head coach Tom Morrison.

   Goalkeepers Marwin Dickerson and Kobe Bellard shared time in goal, as the pair has not allowed a score in the past two games.    

   “I’m proud of the result and the boys’ effort. But we understand district play is coming up, and this week is important with Elgin coming up on Thursday,” Morrison said.

   The Ada-Elgin boys’ district game is scheduled to kick off at 7:30 p.m. in Ada.

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Noble 3, Ada 0

   Noble shut out the Lady Cougars despite solid play from the Ada back line.

   Kyler Gilliam and Mckenzie Sockey were solid in the defensive middle, according to Ada head coach Cole Jones.

    “They had a few of Noble’s very good and speedy forwards coming at them all game,” Jones said. “Kate Pottebaum had a great game, also helping on that back line at a defensive fullback position. Addison Rhynes and Madison Cartwright split time at the other defensive fullback position, and both played well.”

   Jones was also pleased with his midfielders Iridian Bennett and Roudee Humphers, who split time at holding midfield, and Devon Brown and Isabel Gutierrez, who controlled the ball and flow

   “Both (Bennett and Humphers) played very smart and helped the defensive line,” said Jones. “Brown and Gutierrez played a hard-fought game. They controlled the ball and distributed great.”

   Taylor Hodges also performed well in the middle, according to Jones.

   “She played with tremendous heart like the rest of the girls,” Jones said. “Taylor was everywhere she needed to be and helped generate motivation and plenty of energy for the whole team the whole 90 minutes.”

   Though the Lady Cougars went scoreless, Jones was pleased with the way Amaris Smitherman dictated the ball on Noble’s back line, keeping Noble under pressure the whole night.

   Goalkeepers Brooklyn Cupps and Fisher Fulton split time, and Cupps registered a save on a penalty kick.

   Ada’s next action will be Thursday at home against Elgin to open district play at 7:30 p.m.

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