Alcovy gets a rivalry started with sweep

COVINGTON - Let the rivalry begin.

Alcovy quickly turned soccer games between two county schools into a rivalry as it swept Newton on Tuesday at Homer Sharp Stadium.

The Lady Tigers (2-8-1), without coach Chris Edgar, pulled out a big win for their program with a 2-1 victory, while the Alcovy boys (6-5) fought hard to get the sweep with a 4-3 win.

"We didn't think it was going to be easy. These guys still have a lot of mystique about Newton," Alcovy boys coach Michael Ebel said. "Anytime you deal with a rival, we can now say it's a rival since we beat them, they're not going to quit."


Alcovy 4, Newton 3

Once the pushing stopped and both teams started playing soccer, Alcovy's Jeremy Woodruff scored his first goal with 10:23 left in the first half.

The Tigers were on the verge of taking a two-goal lead early in the second half, but Newton's Bryan Sandler kept the ball from entering an empty goal.

While the Rams defense stepped up to the challenge time and time again, the Tigers were not going to be denied.

That resolve came to pass with 27:04 remaining in the match when Woodruff got the ball past Alex Pace after the Newton keeper went out to get Woodruff's first shot.

Besides stopping the ball, Sandler also put the Rams (3-5) on the board with a header with 17:27 on the clock to make it a 2-1 game.

Alcovy was not content with a one-goal advantage as Ryan Ledford scored with 13 minutes left to play.

"It's good to see the seniors step up when we ask them in their last go against those guys," Ebel said.

The goals started coming easier late in the game as Newton's Tyrone Dillon made it a one-goal game again on a header.

The Rams proved they were not going to give up as they tied the game at 3-3 with less than seven minutes remaining.

Three minutes later, Alcovy's Tim Walsh connected for the game-winner off a Gene Stolp corner kick.


Alcovy 2, Newton 1

The Lady Tigers came out playing more aggressive than Newton (4-4) early in the game. Alcovy was more physical and it beat the Lady Rams to the ball, keeping it in Newton's territory for much of the first half.

"It was a huge win. We wanted to start a rivalry with them, but we knew we had to win a game in order to get that rivalry," Alcovy assistant coach Melinda Morrow said. "We've been trying to come out more aggressive the past few games; they finally got it together."

No matter what the Lady Rams tried, Alcovy was there to shut them down.

"They had our number, they were aggressive and they beat us to the ball. They wanted to win," Newton coach Mary Roach said.

The Lady Tigers' persistence paid off with 24:31 remaining in the first half when Alisha Barrett scored to take a 1-0 lead.

Alcovy made it 2-0 when Karissa Rutledge scored past Newton keeper Courtney Gunter on her own rebound with 27:31 left in the game.

Although it was too little too late, the Lady Rams got on the board with four minutes left to play when Claire Davis hooked in a corner kick into the far side of the net.

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