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Lady Tigers fall to Clarke Central

COVINGTON - Nineteen will be a number the Alcovy girls soccer team won't soon forget.

The number belongs to Clarke Central's Ashley Wassel, who scored five of the Lady Gladiators goals in an 8-0 shutout Friday.

"We're young, we have one senior. Half my girls don't have soccer experience," Alcovy coach Chris Edgar said. "We're trying to get better and we're learning the game on the fly. I told the girls to keep working, not to give up and good things are going to happen to them."

Clarke Central controlled the tempo for most of the game as it was on the attack, keeping the Lady Tigers on their heels the entire night.

Despite giving up eight goals, it could have been worse had it not been for Alcovy keeper Kailyn Maynard who had 28 saves.

"I'm proud of Kailyn. She had 28 saves. It was an offensive onslaught by them and we were shell-shocked," Edgar said. "That's one thing about her; she gives me a great effort every time. She tries her best, but unfortunately, as a team, we're just not where we need to be."

Offensively, the Lady Tigers had one shot on goal. The attempt came in the first half when Kelly Azar tried to run down the field toward the goal. But the Clarke Central defense was able to converge on the ball, forcing her to shoot early.

"We've been more offensive conscience, but they were a much better team," Edgar said.

Wassel gave the Lady Gladiators the lead nine minutes into the game, scoring on a low shot along the ground.

Wassel made it 2-0 in the 15th minute with a hard kick that went through Maynard's hands.

With less than five minutes remaining in the first half, Wassel scored two more times, including one on an assist from Mia Thomas.

"They came off the ball very well and that confused us defensively. We're still not where we need to be defensively as far as marking," Edgar said. "We let people run and, when you let people run, bad things happen."

The Lady Tigers made some improvements in the second half but Clarke Central still found a way to score.

The Lady Gladiators scored four more times in the second half, including a goal by Madison Begnaud with five seconds left to play.

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