Ruston boys’ soccer tops OCS, while girls earn draw

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Ruston High Schools’ boys’ soccer team won 1-0 over Ouachita Christian School Thursday night at James Field at “Hoss Garrett” Stadium, while the girls finished with a 1-1 draw in the previous match, also against OCS.

“It was great way to rebound from a tough loss earlier in the week to Parkway,” Ruston head coach Erich Hankamer said. “I told the boys they better be up for a dogfight and they were. I’m super excited for the win, but we regroup and get ready for Pineville on Monday.”

Ruston scored thanks to a goal from Carter Tims on an assist from a throw-in by Cameron Harps.

The Bearcats are now 2-3 on the season.

On the girls’ side, OCS scored on a penalty kick early in the first half. The Lady Bearcats scored an equalizer with 12 minutes to go before halftime thanks to a free kick by Mia Tapia from outside the box.

Senior goalkeeper Emily Stutzman recorded 11 saves on goal for the Lady Bearcats.

“Tapia has scored for us from that spot earlier this season, and tonight it made the difference in the score,” Lady Bearcat head coach Jacquelyn Bean said. “Tonight’s outcome was quite different from last season, where the score was 6-0 going in OCS’ favor.
I’ve said it before, but tonight’s draw feels like a win.”

Ruston’s girls head into the break with a 3-2-2 record overall.