The Ada News
Brooks Thompson posted his first career hat trick, and the Ada boys soccer squad clinched a home game in the program’s first-ever trip to the playoffs with a 4-1 win over Southwest Covenant Tuesday night.
With the win, the Cougars improved to 8-5 and 4-1 in district play. They will host either Clinton or Elk City at 7 p.m. Friday to open the postseason.
Thompson scored his first goal of the match early in the first half off a nice assist from Andrew Campbell, then Yuta Saito rammed home Ada’s second goal off a free kick by Sam McCann just a few minutes later.
Southwest Covenant scored on a breakaway to briefly make a game of it, but Thompson scored just before intermission to put the Cougars up 3-1 at the break.
“We talked to them about playing up to their potential at halftime, and they did that in the second half,” Ada coach Tom Morrison said after seeing his club outshoot the hosts by a huge 21-6 margin.
Thompson scored his third goal from about 18 yards out 12 minutes into the second half after a nice passing display from the Ada offense, and Morrison was able to empty his bench down the stretch.
“It was nice to have a good lead,” said Morrison, whose team’s other district wins had all been by a single goal. “We were able to sub the side, so everybody got some playing time.”
One of those subs, goalkeeper Spencer Beale, made a nice save late in the game to protect the three-goal lead. Ada also had three goals disallowed in the second half for off-sides calls.