|Cougar Soccer Ready To Open Season|
|02/16/18 - |
Coach Cole Jones believes his Ada boys soccer squad has the ingredients to make another run to the playoffs.
The question is, can they be mixed together.
The Cougars, 10-7 a year ago, reached the second round of the Class 4A playoffs. Now with six starters back, Ada is poised to have some significant success this spring.
“The boys are getting better every day. We have a shot at being good. We just got to keep working,” said Jones. “What that ceiling is, I don’t know at this point. We’ve got the players and kids. It is just a matter of putting it together.”
Back in the starting lineup for the Cougars are four midfielders, a defender and a goalkeeper.
Grant Bellard, who is coming out from basketball, returns to tend the nets after earning all-district honors in 2017.
“Grant is a super athlete. He was a starting linebacker in football and is a natural goalkeeper,” Jones said. “He made some plays and made some dives on shots from six yards out.”
|Ada Boys Defeat Cache|
Juan Romero tallied two goals while Payton Owen and Daniel Gutierrez finished with a goal and an assist apiece as the Ada Cougars thumped Cache 4-0 in boys high school soccer action on Tuesday.
Coleman Prince assisted on a goal as well for Ada in a dominating performance.
“We strung a lot of passes together and played some very good and unselfish soccer,” said Cougar head coach Cole Jones. “All four defenders on the back line – Nate Pulliam, Adrian Burden, Reese Hamilton and Brandon Stephens – played very well, as well as not allowing Cache to get any offense going. This was a complete team win.”
Ada has shown progressive improvement through the 2017 season so far, according to Jones.
“This is something we have been working toward, and it seems like it keeps coming together more and more,” Jones said.
The Cougars hit the road today for a match at Madill.
|Newcastle Edges Cougar Soccer Teams|
NEWCASTLE – The Ada High School girls and boys soccer teams each dropped 2-1 decisions at Newcastle Thursday night to open district play.
In the girls game, Sadie Criswell tallied the lone Lady Cougar goal.
“We didn’t play our best soccer, but we gave a lot of effort,” said Ada head coach Cole Jones.
In the boys contest, Daniel Gutierrez tallied the only Cougar goal with about four minutes to go.
“Even though I felt like we dominated time of possession the entire game, we let two goals sneak into the net,” Jones said. “We had plenty of opportunities to score but kept missing the goal.”
The Cougars are 5-4 overall and start off 0-1 in District 4A-1.
“We are going to head to practice and fix some things before we head to McAlester on Tuesday night,” said Jones.
|Cougar Soccer Team Solid At Rose Rock|
The Ada High School girls soccer team captured the consolation title Saturday in the Rose Rock Tournament by claiming a 1-0 decision over the Shawnee Lady Wolves.|
Amanda Shoreman scored off a Rumor LeJeune cross for the only goal of the contest.
Ada 1, Noble 1
Goalkeeper Sadie Criswell stopped three penalty kicks in the shootout as the Lady Cougars upended host Noble on Friday.
Shoreman scored off a LeJeune assist to give Ada a 1-0 lead, but the Lady Bears tied it up just before the half as the game remained deadlocked through regulation.
“Our girls really came to play that day and played very well,” said Ada head coach Cole Jones. “It was a tough-fought game.”
|Soccer Teams Set To Open Season|
Hit hard with key losses to graduation, the Ada High School girls soccer team will need youth to step up in 2017.
The Lady Cougars are coming off a 10-4 record, including a perfect 6-0 district mark, and a Class 4A playoff berth in 2016.
Ada now must enter the 2017 campaign without two all-state performers — midfielder Cassidy Walsh and goalkeeper Fisher Fulton — along with several other key players who exhausted their eligibility.
“Cassidy scored most of our goals and is going to be a big-time miss,” said Ada head coach Cole Jones. “We lost several more seniors. We’ve got several freshmen who have to come in and fill big roles. I’ve been impressed with how hard they are working. We hope that our freshmen can step in and create something.”
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