Tigers fall short of playoffs

COVINGTON - The Alcovy Tigers desperately needed a win against Forest Park, and some help with selective losses, in order to keep their playoff hopes alive.

But they were unable to do their part, losing to the Panthers 4-2 in their final game of the season Wednesday.

After beating Mount Zion 6-1 on Tuesday, the Tigers were unable to bring the same energy against Forest Park.

"We played so well (Tuesday) night," Alcovy coach Chris Edgar said. "If we could have brought that (intensity) over, I think it would've been a different outcome. Two games in two days is always tough. We started out flat. It's the story of our season. We make a mistake and we get crucified for it. Other teams make a mistake and we don't capitalize."

The Panthers started the match bringing the fight to the Tigers, who were unable to match the same level of energy.

Forest Park's continued attack paid off early as Raymundo Mireles put the Panthers in the lead two minutes into the contest.

The Panthers had a chance to put Alcovy on the ropes, but Kejuan Frazier, who finished the game with 20 saves, was able to stop a penalty kick.

"Kejuan has been a great find. He's been such an athlete and he helps out back there," Edgar said.

Alcovy tied the game with 13:35 remaining in the first half on a Kyle Vojtesak goal before the Panthers' Ivan Rivera scored the final goal of the half three minutes later.

"At halftime, I told them we had 40 minutes to decide if you want to keep playing," Edgar said. "They didn't quit."

It seems that the team paid attention to Edgar's halftime speech. Nick Waggoner tied the game six minutes into the second half.

However, Forest Park's attack continued as Enrique Salgado scored the final two goals for the Panthers within an eight-minute span.

"They were a very attack-minded team, and I knew that coming in. We tried to mark up their biggest threats, but we just couldn't do it," Edgar said.

"Our counterattack was there. Our chances that we got, because they are so attack-minded, were there. We just didn't capitalize when we needed to."

The girls, who clinched a playoff spot with their 5-1 win over Mount Zion on Tuesday, got a 1-0 win Wednesday due to forfeit.

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