Alcovy girls fall in first round of state soccer playoffs

EVANS - The Lady Tigers soccer team was unable to do what 10 other teams before them could not accomplish: score on Lakeside, Evans.

The Alcovy girls (9-8) were held scoreless by the Lady Panthers in their 10-0 loss in the first round of the Class AAAA playoffs on Tuesday.

After tying Heritage 1-1 back in February, the Lady Panthers, who have a record of 13-1-1 and are ranked No. 6 in Class AAAA according to EurosportScoreboard.com, have not been scored upon, while scoring 91 goals.

"We didn't have any shots on goal. I was hoping that we would've been able to put a little more offense together," said Alcovy coach Phillip Davidson. "We were able to get down (field) a couple of times but they were strong defensively."

Lakeside, Evans scored within the first three minutes and did not stop.

The Lady Panthers took a 9-0 halftime lead with the final goal coming in the fifth minute of the second half.

"Kailyn Maynard, our keeper, played well. She had four or five nice saves," Davidson said. "They didn't shoot that much. If they shot, it was on goal. They could put it in the corner, or anywhere they wanted. They were really talented."

Even though the Lady Tigers were blanked in the loss, Davidson said that it was not a total disaster and his girls learned something out of the experience.

"They've never been to the playoffs and really didn't know what to expect. But now they see that's where you want to be," he said. "I'm hoping that the girls learned what it's like to be in the playoffs and that they can get comfortable being in that situation.

"They (Lakeside, Evans) were a good team but they were also well mannered. They didn't let anything outside the game bother them. If we tripped them they didn't let it faze them, they just kept on playing."

The one aspect of Alcovy's game that Davidson was not overly pleased with was when the Lady Panthers moved the ball into their territory.

He doesn't think that they marked their players as well as they could have.

"We might have slowed them down a little bit if we had been a little quicker getting on the marks when they brought the ball down," Davidson said.

But regardless of the score, the Lady Tigers played hard and never gave up.

"The girls played hard the whole way," Davidson said. "We played with class, the girls didn't fall apart and start fouling and not playing well."

In today's 5 p.m. game at North Hall, Eastside (10-4) will try to overcome injures and a very good North Hall (13-3, ranked No. 3 in Class AAA) team in the first round of the playoffs.

The Lady Trojans have won 11 of their last 12 games and have given up only 15 goals all season. Of their 13 wins, eight were shutouts.

The Lady Eagles started the season strong, winning their first seven games.

Hopefully, they can continue to build their confidence having won three of their last four games, two by shutouts. Like North Hall, the Lady Eagles also have eight shutout wins.

This team has vastly improved from last year's, which scored 51 goals while allowing 54. So far, they have scored 66 times while giving up 17 goals. Of their four losses, three were decided by one goal with one decided by two.

Manny Fils can be reached at manny.fils