Lady Rams fall to East Coweta

SHARPSBURG - In first round action of the Class AAAAA girls soccer tournament, East Coweta and Newton scored a total of 14 goals.

Sadly for the local team, none were scored by Newton as East Coweta shut out the Lady Rams Wednesday at Garland Shoemake Stadium.

"They stepped it up and we're proud of them for not quitting in a situation like that. We were in the same situation a couple of years ago where we lost 13-0," Newton coach Christy Mortimer said. "But I'm far more proud of this team for not giving up. That (other) team quit on us."

The Lady Indians took their first possession and made a statement scoring inside the first minute of the game.

Taking a pass from Alexandra Croteau, East Coweta's Andrea Dawson kicked the ball just outside of Lindsey Rutledge's touch for the lead.

The Lady Indians made their move to put the game out of reach early in the sixth minute of the contest as Katie Byrum made it 2-0 with a shot over Rutledge's outstretched arms.

Byrum put East Coweta up by three scoring from 30 yards out with 29:05 remaining in the first half.

"We had to make some adjustments in our defensive lineup. We started with our regular lineup but had to change them because lack of effort. They were good, probably the best team we've played," Mortimer said.

East Coweta controlled the ball as well as the tempo the entire first half as Newton put the ball across the center line just six times.

The Lady Rams were unable to formulate any type of legitimate threat, pushing the ball in East Coweta's territory for less than 30 seconds each time.

"When we moved people back to play defense, we lost what offense we had," Mortimer said. "We were playing defensively and not getting back for offense."

After 12 minutes without a goal, the Lady Indians got bored as Ashley Davis scored with a missile from outside the box in the 13th minute.

Croteau made it 5-0 when she used her foot to redirect a Davis corner kick. Croteau positioned herself at the front post without a defender between her and the ball.

"We should've had somebody on that front post so she couldn't step up," Mortimer said.

Working toward her hat trick in the first half, Byrum made it 6-0 scoring with less than two minutes left before halftime.

Just like the first half, East Coweta put the ball in the back of the net within the first minute of the second half.

The Lady Indians began spreading the ball with Amanda Gunnels scoring her first goal of the game to make it 7-0.

Byrum finally got her hat trick with a Heather Pierce goal.

East Coweta added six more goals in the final 30 minutes of the game.

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