Both Ruston soccer teams lose close matches

Photo Credit: Barbara Ford

Ruston High’s boys and girls soccer teams lost both their matches Thursday night by one goal each: the boys 1-0 to West Monroe, and the girls 2-1 to Haughton on the road.

The Lady Bearcats trailed 2-0 at the half but were able to cut into the lead with an 18-yard strike from sophomore forward Mia Tapia with an assist from sophomore midfielder McKenzie Oakley.

“We got off to a slow start,” Lady Bearcat head coach Jacquelyn Bean said. “We changed out formation and made some subs, and got ourselves back into the match with better passing and a couple of corner kicks. Because the halves are only 30 minutes in this tournament, you don’t have much time to recover if you make mistakes.”

For the boys, it was a tight game with West Monroe that was ultimately decided by a Rebel header off a corner kick in the 75th minute.

“Tonight was a step in the right direction,” Bearcat head coach Erich Hankamer said. “We were able to frustrate them for periods of time. I’m very pleased with this group. Our player of the match was (sophomore goalkeeper) Trenton Richard. He stood up multiple times to keep us in the game.”

The Lady Bearcats will continue in their tournament play Saturday against Bossier, while the Bearcats will have some time off before heading to a tournament in Pineville to continue the season.

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