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Eastside girls blank Rams; boys edged

COVINGTON - The Eastside girls passed out the hats with Ashton Tehrani scoring six goals and Taylor Queen adding four as the Lady Eagles became Newton County champions with their 10-0 win over Newton.

In the boys game, the Rams got a tremendous break to win their game 3-2 over the Eagles on Monday.

BOY

Newton 3, Eastside 2

It looked like the boys game was heading into overtime when Eastside tied the game at 2-2 with less than seven minutes left in the game.

However, Jonathan Triana was able to turn a simple free kick from outside the box into the game winner when the ball bounced through the Eastside keeper's legs with 3:32 remaining in the contest.

"That's what happens in this game. Sometimes the bounces go with you sometimes they go against you. Unfortunately for them, the ball squirted through the keeper's legs," Newton boys coach Tim Hardison said. "You can chalk that one up to good luck, good preparation or the good Lord above. We've had our share of the balls go against us this year, so maybe it was time for one to go our way."

Eastside had the first chance to score, but Newton was the first to covert an opportunity into a goal.

Newton passed and worked the ball down field until Triana squeezed the ball between the post and Eagles keeper Austin Cates.

The Eagles fought hard to even the score. Eastside tied the game in the 25th minute when Yanrick Tinker launched a rocket that deflected off Newton keeper Alex Pace's arm.

In the second half, Newton gained the edge on a broken play with 26:01 left in the contest. Eddie Nicolas was able to score as Tinker and Cates got their legs crossed, causing the Eastside defenders to fall.

The Eagles tied the game at 2-2 on a penalty kick by Tinker with less than seven minutes left to play.

"We relaxed and Eastside didn't," Hardison said. "Eastside kept playing hard and they put themselves in a position to score and tie it up."

GIRLS

Eastside 10, Newton 0

Ashton Tehrani put the Lady Eagles in the lead after working the ball through Newton's defense to score six minutes into the game.

The Lady Eagles scored again with 24:50 remaining in the first half when Queen booted a low roller into the back of the net off a Tehrani assist.

"We finally got to push Taylor up. We've been playing her at sweeper because of injuries. Being able to push her up help," Eastside girls coach Libba Willcox said.

Making Eastside's decision to attack Newton easier was the Lady Rams' inability to mount an offensive presence.

"You have to be mentally and physically prepared for every game. We were not. We don't understand what competition is and being competitive," Newton girls coach Mary Roach said. "We don't step up."

Queen took advantage of the Lady Rams' defense to make it 3-0 with 16:20 left in the half. While the Newton defense was looking for an open player, Queen came in a stole the ball for the goal.

Queen got her hat trick less than two minutes later scoring when the ball bounced off several players in front of the Newton goal.

Eastside headed into halftime with a six-goal lead on Queen's goal on a penalty kick with 4:37 on the clock and Tehrani's goal with three seconds remaining.

Tehrani earned her third goal inside the first minute of the second half when Newton's keeper turned her head to direct the defense.

Tehrani scored her final six goals in the 72nd, 76th and 78th minutes of the game.

"We wrote down goals before the season started and beating Newton was on our goal list. Our goal was to play well in this game. If we didn't do well in this game, then it wouldn't be as good a season as we've had," Willcox said. "It feels nice. These girls have been working really, really hard."

Manny Fils can be reached at manny.fils@newtoncitizen.com.