Strong second half helps Alcovy boys

COVINGTON - Adjustments by the Alcovy boys soccer team turned a scoreless first half into three goals in the second half as the Tigers beat the Monroe Area 3-0 Thursday.

The Lady Tigers dropped to 1-6-1 for the season after losing 9-1 to Monroe Area.

In the first half of the boys game, Alcovy's Ryan Ledford almost scored the first goal of the game, but his attempt hit the crossbar. Both teams had chances to score but the keepers kept the game scoreless.

"We stepped our game up in the second half. We were a little flat. It was expected to be flat after the big win Wednesday night. But we showed that we've grown up a lot. We got after it in the second half," Alcovy boys coach Michael Ebel said.

The Tigers broke the tie three minutes into the second half on a Jeremy Woodruff goal. Colten Papke made it 2-0 two minutes later when he put the ball into the far corner while sliding.

"Jeremy Woodruff, we challenged him at halftime, right off the bat he came off with a spark out got the goal," Ebel said. "Colten, that was his first high school goal. They just went crazy for him. It shows how much they care about each other; they want to play hard for each other and that's great to watch."

The Tigers took a comfortable 3-0 lead on a 35-yard goal by Gene Stolp.

In the girls game, Monroe Area put the ball in the back of the net six minutes into the game when Sandy Vang took advantage of a Lady Tigers defensive meltdown.

Chelsey Thompson made it 2-0 six minutes later before she scored again with 25:48 left in the first half on a Brooke Wise corner kick.

The Lady Hurricanes continued the onslaught finishing the first half leading 8-0. The final goal was scored with less than a minute left to play.

The Lady Tiger failed to take any shots on goal in the first half.

"Three games in a row teams have run the score up on us and I think we have a tendency to just pack it in. I don't care how bad it is, we've got to fight. We've got to try to get ourselves out of the hole we're in," Alcovy head coach Chris Edgar said.

Alcovy started the second half attacking but the Lady Hurricanes quickly took control after two minutes of being on defense.

Monroe Area continued to maintain the offensive pressure in the second half. However, the Lady Tigers defense did not give Monroe Area as many open looks as they did in the first half.

"I put the girls on the field in the second half that would run through a wall when I asked them to do that," Edgar said. "Those girls were excited to play even though we were losing by eight goals. I had some playing positions they'd never played before, like the keeper in second half, Holley Oakes. I said 'girls just try and give it a little effort.' We were a lot more physical in the second half and there was more communication."

The Lady Tigers avoided being shut out when Alisha Barrett scored with 12:51 left to play.

"I was extremely happy for Alisha. She has tremendous talent, but doesn't use it to the best of her ability all the time. She came out and played hard for 80 minutes. I was so happy that she never gave up," Edgar said. "To get that goal while she was being jousted just showed her determination and hustle."

Vang made it an eight-goal difference scoring in the 75th minute of the game.