COVINGTON - The Newton Lady Rams broke a four-game losing streak with their 3-2 win over Morrow while the boys ended their season by sweeping the doubleheader with a 2-0 win Thursday at Homer Sharp Stadium.
Newton 3, Morrow 2
After Tauntiana Kennedy barely missed her first shot on goal when the ball was just over the crossbar, she made the second attempt count to give Newton the lead.
Kennedy scored three minutes into the game when she got the ball past the Lady Mustangs keeper.
Her goal was the first goal the Lady Rams scored in four games.
Newton made it 2-0 three minutes later when Shertekia Allen scored on a cross pass.
The Lady Mustangs were not ready to throw in the towel as Kelana Roseberry drilled the ball past Lady Rams keeper Lindsey Rutledge in the ninth minute.
For the second time, Kennedy's shot hit the crossbar. But this time Damita Smith was there to score the goal with 28:47 left in the half.
"We didn't put the ball in the back of the net, we just didn't finish. We had plenty of shots and opportunities to score we just did not finish," Newton head coach Mary Roach said. "We didn't care about the losing streak, we just wanted to win. We wanted to score goals and play hard."
Roseberry again used her speed to take advantage of Newton's defense scored less than a minute in the second half to make it 3-2.
"They had a good player and we let her through too many times and she found the back of the net," Roach said.
Newton pressed the Lady Mustangs for most of the second half but Morrow keeper AnaRoselia Gonzalez prevented the ball from crossing the goal line.
The times when Morrow had the ball in Newton territory the Lady Rams defense and Rutledge were able to force the ball across midfield.
"Lindsey Rutledge had the save of the game. With seconds to go it could have been a tied ball game. But Lindsey came out big on that corner kick," Roach said. "I'm proud of Lindsey Rutledge, she stepped up."
Newton 2, Morrow 0
The first half of the boys game was a defensive struggle as keepers Alex Pace for Newton and Dennis Menjivar for Morrow kept the game scoreless.
"They were athletic enough that they disrupted us up top and we kept trying to play the long ball over the top. We talked about it at halftime to try to move it more with our feet with quicker passes," Newton head coach Tim Hardison said.
All that changed in the second half when Tim McGuinn scored two minutes into the half.
The longer the game progressed without goals being scored the more physical the game became. While free kicks were plentiful, yellow cards were not.
The Mustangs almost tied the game but Pace came up with a huge save against the post.
"Once again it was Alex doing what Alex has done all year," Hardison said, "He's steady and made save after save after save."
As several Mustang players were discussing the non-goal, the Rams pushed the ball the other way where Blake Braswell finished the drive with a goal with 12:20 left to play.
"I was glad for Blake, being a senior. All the seniors got to play. I told the guys that this was a special night for the seniors because they worked hard and it's never easy for a senior to go through a coaching change," Hardison said.
Both teams played hard and moved the ball well against each other but neither team was able to put a goal over the other.
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