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Sweet Senior Night
Salem teams sweep Eastside, win South titles

CONYERS - It was a sweet Senior Night for Salem's soccer squads as both the boys and girls teams wrapped up 8-AAAA South titles with wins over Eastside.

Both Salem squads will host region playoff games against the No. 4 seeds from 8-AAAA North on Friday at Reid Memorial Stadium.

GIRLS

Salem 15, Eastside 0

The Salem girls started the show with a 15-0 romp of the Lady Eagles.

The Lady Seminoles didn't have the fastest start of the season, leading 4-0 at the half.

However, Salem scored 11 goals in the second half to invoke the mercy rule with 5:20 left in the contest.

"We talked a lot at halftime about playing faster, taking fewer touches and passing the ball more. They did a great job of fixing the problems we had in the first half," Salem girls coach Heather Richardson said.

Richardson said winning the 8-AAAA South title was a great way for her seniors to wrap up the regular season.

"This meant a lot to our seniors. We've had a great season so far," she said. "This is a hard-working group and they've given a lot to Salem soccer."

Taylor Gates led the offensive attack with four goals and two assists. Caitlyn Cofer added four assists in the win.

Other Lady Seminoles turning in solid performances were Jordan Young and Kellianne Collins (two goals, assist), Shallon Hobbs (goal, assist) and Brittany Miller (two goals). Emily Boggus, Brittany Whitson, Ashley Parker and Ashley Miller added single scores.

The Lady Seminoles won Monday at Union Grove 4-0.

BOYS

Salem 12, Eastside 0

The Salem boys jumped up early on the Eagles and never looked back, scoring 10 goals in the first half.

David Raudebaugh started the scoring spree with a goal 29 seconds into the contest. Blake Whitson's rip nine minutes later forced an Eastside own goal. Colin Easterbrook smashed a shot in the back of the net at the 30-minute mark to make it 3-0.

Nate Pulliam then proceeded to pull off a hat trick in a span of five minutes. Pulliam scored with 28:37 left, then with 26:34 left, and finally with 23:52 left until halftime. Kwazi Yankee then put the Seminoles up 6-0 with 23:52 left.

After a slight scoring lull, Pulliam scored his fourth goal of the game, this one, coming on a header after a poignantly placed pass on a direct kick by Easterbrook with 10:18 left until halftime.

Raudebaugh scored again with 10:01 left, followed by another score by Yankee with 7:25 on the clock to put the Seminoles ahead 10-0.

Easterbrook and Salem goalkeeper Trent Carpenter scored in a time-shortened second half to make the final tally 12-0.

"I wanted to make sure that all of our seniors got to play a good deal tonight. We were able to play a lot of bench players tonight," Salem boys coach Sean DeWeese said. "I though the guys played real well tonight. They didn't dribble too much and they kept passing the ball. The possession was good tonight."

Salem ends the regular season with a 10-2-1 record and a perfect 5-0 in 8-AAAA South play.

Brandon Evans can be reached at brandon.evans@rockdalecitizen.com.