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Salem shows no mercy to Alcovy soccer teams

CONYERS - Region 8-AAAA South foes Salem and Alcovy did battle on the soccer field Tuesday night at Reid Memorial Stadium.

It was the subregion opener for both the Salem boys and girls, and the two teams were up for the task as they combined for 28 goals.

The Salem boys kicked off the doubleheader with a 13-1 win over the Tigers, while the Lady Seminoles prevailed 15-0 in the nightcap.

BOYS

Salem 13, Alcovy 1

The Salem boys used a precise repertoire of passing to gain a sizable advantage, scoring a half dozen goals in the first half - four of which came in an 11-minute span.

Kwazi Yankee started the scoring showcase with consecutive goals with 29:31 and 27:42 left in the first half.

The third goal of the first half came off an assist by Jonathan Ryon to Bryan Jones, who headed the ball into the net with 24:17 left on the clock.

Koy Manget hooked up with Jacob Young on a nice pass down the line and Young banged it home and made it 4-0 with 18:26 left until halftime.

The offensive onslaught continued as Colin Easterbrook hammered a shot off a rebound into the back of the net with 12:47 to put the Seminoles up 5-0.

The final goal of the first half came with 1:25 left on Young's second goal of the game. Aquilar set up the shot with an assist to Young.

In the second half, Easterbrook knocked in his second goal of the game, this one coming off an assist by Blake Whitson. The goal made it 7-0 with 34:06 left to play.

Easterbrook had a hand, better yet, a foot, in the next goal with an assist to Nate Pulliam. The goal by Pulliam came with 29:26 left on the clock.

Easterbrook completed a hat trick by the time 26:37 remained on the clock, scoring a goal from close range to put the Seminoles up 9-0.

With 26:37 showing on the clock. Yankee joined Easterbrook on the hat rack with his third goal of the night, giving Salem a double-digit lead with 21:56 left.

Jones got his second goal of the night with 18:08 left to put the Salem boys up 11-0.

Alcovy finally got on the board with 16:50 left off a goal by Nick Waggoner.

The Tigers used three goalkeepers on the night, and all three gave up goals.

Salem went up 12-1 when its sweeper, Garrett Wallace, played up and put one past the keeper with 6:27 left to play.

Salem's last score of the night came off another assist by Manget, this one to Yankee, who threaded his fourth shot into the back of the net with 1:25 left.

Salem boys coach Sean DeWeese said his team performed much better Tuesday than it did against Grady on Monday.

"We played much better (Tuesday). We moved the ball around and our communication was better," he said. "We took care of business and put some shots on goal."

Salem finished with 36 shots on goal.

GIRLS

Salem 15, Alcovy 0

It didn't take the still-undefeated Lady Seminoles long to get going as Jordan Young took a pass from Shelby Boggus and buried it into the back of the net with 38:07 left in the first half.

Four minutes later, Taylor Gates gave Salem a 2-0 advantage.

Salem's third goal of the first half came with 16:31 left when Boggus and Young hooked up again for the score.

Shallon Hobbs scored less than 30 seconds later to make it a 4-0 game. Hobbs scored again with 12:54 left off a rip from point-blank range.

Young notched a hat trick with 12:12 left in the half, scoring her third goal of the night and giving Salem a 6-0 advantage.

Boggus put one in the back of the net with 5:57 left in the first half and put the Lady Seminoles up 7-0.

The next score came from Brittany Whitson, who smacked one in with 5:06 left and made it an 8-0 game.

Hobbs picked up the team's second hat trick of the night with 3:09 left in the first half and gave Salem a 9-0 advantage.

The Lady Seminoles tacked on six more goals in the second half, and the game was called with 17:13 left on the clock.

Gates added two more goals in the second half and added her name to the list of Lady Seminoles with hat tricks.

Boggus, Whitson and Young each added single scores in the second half, along with goalkeeper Kellianne Collins, who came out of goal to play the field.

Salem coach Heather Richardson said the win was a good start to the 8-AAAA South slate.

"We've got another big region game Friday," Richardson said. "I thought the girls played well. We passed the ball well and created a lot of scoring opportunities."

Brandon Evans can be reached at brandon.evans@rockdalecitizen.com.