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JEFF CALI Sports Editor - Ada News
senior goalkeeper Fisher Fulton did her best impersonation of Supergirl during
a Class 4A playoff matchup against Weatherford Tuesday night at the Ada High
made one incredible save after another in the first round contest for
55 grueling minutes.
Weatherford finally got a ball past Fisher when Alexa Harvey scored off a nice
assist from Brooklyn Hicks with 6:33 left in the second half of a 20-minute
overtime session to give the Eagles a 1-0 victory.
ended one of the most successful soccer seasons in school history — which
included a District 4A-1 championship and an eight-game winning
streak heading into the postseason — at 10-4. Weatherford advances to the Class
4A quarterfinals at 13-4.
had a bunch of girls that gave everything they possible had. They scrapped to
the end with great leadership. It just didn’t fall our way this time,”
said Ada High head coach Cole Jones. “Weatherford has a really good team.
It could have gone either way.”
had 22 unofficial saves in the contest, including a diving stop of a penalty
kick with 4:17 to play in the first 10-minute half of overtime.
senior Kennidie Helton nearly won it with an emptynet shot from pointblank
range with 1:18 left in regulation, but the ball clanged off the top of the
denied 10 shots in the first half, 10 more in the second half and two in
overtime. Those included a number of free kicks, mostly by powerful striker
Jayden Quintero of Weatherford.
definitely looked like the Girl of Steel.
Fulton had an amazing game. She kept us in it. She had some amazing saves. It
was one of the best games of her career by far,” Jones said of the Ada
the head official and Weatherford head coach Carlos Lopez sang the praises of
the Ada goalie.
is one of the best keepers in 4A for sure. She made the game tough for us
because of the way she plays. She’s outstanding,” Lopez said.
really good. If you take her out, Weatherford probably wins six or seven to
nothing,” the official said.
Fulton’s best saves came on the penalty kick by Mckenna Watson in the overtime
period. Watson tried to blast the ball past Fulton to her left, but she would
have none of it.
nearly won it when Ada’s other All-State senior, Cassidy Walsh, had a shot go
off the bar early in the contest.
had that one go off the post in the first few minutes of the game. A goal at
that point could have changed the whole game,” Jones said.
Lady Cougars had another golden opportunity to score in the first half, but
forward Rumor LeJeune missed from close range at the 26:15 mark.
will lose five seniors — Fulton, Walsh, Kate Pottebaum, Devon Brown and
seniors really stepped up all year long. They put a lot of time and energy into
the game. I couldn’t be more proud of these kids,” Jones said.
Ada coach said his seniors made the 2016 season a memorable one. “They’ve done
something special this year. They put a lot of time and energy in, and it paid
off. I wish it could have paid off a little bit different tonight for them,” he
not words that can express how proud I am of this team and what they’ve done
for Ada soccer. It’s been a great ride this year.”