COVINGTON - Both Eastside soccer teams have done all they can to get home-field advantage in the closing of Area 8-AAA play, beating Elbert County on Tuesday.
The Lady Eagles (10-4, 5-2) started the sweep with an 8-0 win before the boys (12-2, 5-2) closed the night with a 5-0 win.
The wins put Eastside in the Class AAA playoffs, but the teams help to play the first round at home.
For the girls, they need two losses by Stephens County and one loss by Hart County in their remaining area matches.
The boys also need for Stephens County to lose both area matches to secure home field.
Eastside 8, Elbert Co. 0
Ashley Aycox last had a hat trick while playing on Eastside's junior varsity team. Now, the midfielder has a more recent memory to reflect on.
Aycox and freshman Amber LaFond each scored three goals to help Eastside defeat Elbert County 8-0.
LaFond got the Lady Eagles on the scoreboard early, scoring two goals four minutes apart in the first half, and Aycox added two of her own late in the half, the second on a beautiful header off a feed from LaFond.
Elbert County made it 5-0 Eastside at halftime on an own goal.
Aycox said the loss of Ashton Ziadie, who broke her collarbone against Rockdale County, forced the rest of the offense to pick up the scoring slack.
"We passed a lot better," Aycox said. "I try to compensate (for the loss of Ziadie); (Tuesday) it came naturally."
"She had a really good game; it was really nice," Eastside coach Libba Willcox said. "She's always a hard worker (and) she's been working really hard in practice."
The Lady Eagles added to their lead in the second half as Aycox intercepted a goalie kick and ripped it through the net for a 6-0 lead. After Lacey Larrimore's goal at the 23:47 mark, LaFond intercepted a goalie kick and scored from about 15 yards out to make it 8-0.
"She's a freshman (and) one of our top scorers," Willcox said of LaFond. "We've been playing her at center-mid (and) I try to put our player that's going to make it happen (at that position) and that's her. She's just a great player."
Eastside 5, Elbert Co. 0
Five different players scored goals in the Eagles' 5-0 win. Midfielder Jason Hicks got the scoring started early, picking up a goal in the 8th minute of the first half.
Later in the half, freshman Trent Taylor and multi-talented forward Yanrick Tinker each added a goal off pretty feeds from Greg Morrell, normally the Eagles' goalkeeper.
"(Taylor) had a great pass from Greg; perfectly played, he made a great play," Eastside coach Trent Weiser said.
Eastside had plenty of chances and spent a majority of the game in Elbert County territory, a product of the young Blue Devils' defense, playing their first region schedule this season, and the ability of Weiser to substitute fresh bodies. Tyler Edmiston added a goal late in the first half and Zack Pirtle found Tyler Marks on a nifty crossing pass for the final goal with two minutes left in the game.
"I just tried to get everybody some time out there," Weiser said. "Everybody did a good job."
"We've competed with some people," Elbert County coach Eric Berryman said of the young Blue Devils. "Overall, (Tuesday's game) wasn't that bad."