Oklahoma City —
Top-ranked Santa Fe South broke open a tight game with three second-half goals and ended an historic season for the Ada boys soccer team with a 4-0 victory Tuesday night.
The Cougars, who finished the season 9-6 and reached the playoffs for the first time in school history after finishing 2-11 in 2011, trailed just 1-0 at intermission.
“We had the wind in the first half and created a few opportunities, but we couldn’t put the ball in the net,” Ada coach Tom Morrison said. “We had a chance to tie it a couple of times early in the second half but we missed those. I think we came in a little wide-eyed against the No. 1 team in the state.”
Coming off a 2-0 first-round playoff victory over Elk City at home last Friday, the Ada boys were outshot, 13-6, in Tuesday’s loss. Keeper Joseph Saaty finished with nine saves.
“Santa Fe South was just a high-possession team that could score in a lot of ways,” Morrison said.
The most successful season ever for Ada boys soccer ended with midfielder Brooks Thompson earning All-State honors and two others — Saaty and defender Sam McCann — receiving honorable mention. Five other members of the squad — Yutah Saito, Paul Thumerelle, Bryan Kingery, Eric Araiza and Michael Dickerson — were named to the all-district team.
On the girls side, Blakeley Franz earned honorable mention All-State honors, and Bree Foster and Madison Gillispie were picked to the all-district team.
“We’re disappointed with the loss, but I was proud of the turnaround the boys had and the work they put in this year,” Morrison said. “Hopefully the standard they set will be met and passed by future teams.”