COVINGTON - The Alcovy boys soccer team gave up a two-goal halftime lead, while the Alcovy girls never got a shot on goal as Riverwood recorded a road sweep Thursday night.
The Tigers dropped a 3-2 decision, while the Lady Tigers fell 6-0 to the Lady Raiders, who are ranked No. 7 in Class AAA.
Riverwood 6, Alcovy 0
The Lady Raiders took the lead six minutes into the game when Annie Lewis was left open. The Alcovy defense was trying to get the ball leaving Lewis open to take the pass.
Riverwood went on to score two more goals before halftime to take a 3-0 lead. Allowing Riverwood to take the lead the way they did was the Lady Tigers' lack of desire to play defense.
"We've tried man-marking, we've tried zone marking and we aren't particularly good at either one of them," Alcovy girls coach Chris Edgar said. "It's a game of basics and we're still in our infancy."
The Lady Raiders continued to where they left off in the first half scoring twice inside the first five minutes of the second half.
After falling 5-0, the Lady Tigers began to play tougher, bottling up Riverwood's players and getting in the way of the shots.
Even though the Alcovy defense play stopped Riverwood from scoring, its offense struggled to get the ball into Riverwood's side of the field.
"They gave me some good effort tonight and sometimes effort is not all that it takes. That's two games in a row that we haven't had a real shot on goal. We don't have any offensive presence That's concerning," Edgar said.
Riverwood 3, Alcovy 2
The Alcovy boys learned the hard way that a game lasts for two halves.
After taking advantage of their chances in the first half and building a 2-0 lead, the Tigers dropped their intensity in the second half and allowed the Raiders to score three goals to win the game.
"We didn't play as well as the 2-0 score indicated. We got a break on a penalty kick and scored on a junk goal. They were taking it to us," Alcovy boys coach Michael Ebel said. "You have to have heart to play this game and right now that's what the coaches are really trying to challenge them in the heart aspect of this; the pride aspect of it and becoming the winner they can be."
Riverwood had more chances than Alcovy to take the lead early in the slow-paced first half, but it was the Tigers that took advantage of the few opportunities they had.
Ryan Ledford put the Tigers on the scoreboard first with five minutes left to play when he deflected the ball into the goal.
Alcovy made it 2-0 with less than one minute on a penalty kick by Kyle Vojtesak.
However, the Raiders began to wear down the Alcovy defense in the second half.
The first goal came three minutes into the half when Bryan Martinez crossed the ball just inside the front post.
"Mike Gregory, senior goalie with no experience, really saved us in the first half. In the second half, the breaks kind of caught up to us. We kind of gave them some breaks," Ebel said.
Riverwood tried to tie the game when they had four shots inside 15 feet of the goal. Of the shots, two were stopped by Gregory and one by the crossbar before it went out of bounds. However, the Raiders' Jay Mikami was able to sneak one in the goal to tie the game with 28:57 left to play.
The Tigers gave up the lead after another full-onslaught attack with less than 22 minutes left to play on a Sean Kilgallon goal.
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