CONYERS - Both the Rockdale girls and the Alcovy boys soccer teams picked up big wins Wednesday night at Reid Memorial Stadium.
The Alcovy boys picked up what head coach Michael Ebel called the biggest boys soccer win in school history, beating Rockdale 1-0 in the opener. Meanwhile, the Rockdale girls picked up a much-needed bounce-back win against the Lady Tigers and cruised to an 8-0 victory in the nightcap.
Alcovy boys 1, Rockdale boys 0
The Alcovy boys picked up an important 8-AAAA South win Wednesday night against Rockdale, edging the Bulldogs 1-0 in the soccer programs' first 8-AAAA South win.
Just how big was the win? Just ask Alcovy boys head coach Michael Ebel.
"This is the biggest boys soccer win in school history. There's no doubt," he said. "We won one game last year and we've won four games this year, but by far, this is the biggest win in school history."
The Tigers Sama Tucker scored the game's only goal after his shot found the back of the net with 21:27 left in the first half.
Both teams had promising scoring opportunities in the first 15 minutes of the game as neither team significantly controlled the tempo.
But after Tucker's goal, Alcovy (4-3 overall, 1-1 8-AAAA South) seemed to take over the momentum against a deflated Rockdale team.
Alcovy kept the pressure on the Bulldogs (1-6, 0-1) for the remainder of the first half and actually had another score by Tucker called back due to an off-sides call.
The second half was much more balanced as both teams continued the back-and-forth battle in the same manner in which the game began.
Rockdale had several chances to score in the second half, but its two closest scores were thwarted by goalkeeper Cody Stargell, who had a solid night in his first game of the season in goal.
Ebel said he was very impressed with the overall effort of his team.
"The guys have done a phenomenal job. They never quit and they deserve this," he said.
Rockdale boys coach Brian Travis was disappointed in the loss. Still, he couldn't discredit his team's effort.
"It was a back-and-forth game that came down to one goal. I can't be mad at my players; they played hard. Alcovy was just in the right place at the right time and they put that shot away."
Rockdale girls 8, Alcovy girls 0
After struggling through a turbulent string of games, the Lady Bulldogs got back on the winning track against the Lady Tigers, winning 8-0 over the Lady Tigers .
The Lady Bulldogs led 5-0 at halftime and tacked on three more goals in the second half.
Lauren Coursey led the way with a hat trick. Coursey scored the Lady Bulldogs' first, sixth and seventh goals.
Rockdale's Nicole Young and Betsy Avery added two goals apiece - both of which came in the first half. The last goal of the contest came from Miriam Perfecto.
With the win, the Lady Bulldogs (2-4, 1-0) snapped a four-game losing streak. The Lady Tigers moved to (1-5-1, 0-2).
Alcovy hits the field again tonight at home against Monroe Area. Rockdale's squads play again Friday at home against Athens Academy.
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