COVINGTON - Things could not have been more even on the soccer field as two Newton County teams won, two tied and two lost in their season openers Tuesday.
In the boys matches, Eastside was victorious by a 6-2 score over Madison County, while Alcovy and Newton tied their games. Alcovy tied Jackson 3-3 with Newton tying Morgan County 2-2.
On the girls side, Eastside shutout Morgan County 5-0, while Alcovy and Newton both fell. Alcovy lost 3-2 in penalty kicks to Jackson, while Morgan County blanked the Lady Rams in a 4-0 contest.
Eastside 5, Madison County 0
The Lady Eagles' first goal of the season came in the 12th minute of the game when Ashton Ziadie booted the ball into the back of the net. Nine minutes later with 17 minutes left in the half, Ashley Aycox made it a 2-0 game.
Eastside put the game out of reach when Amber LaFond made it 4-0, scoring goals with 34:06 and 12:39 left in the game. Ziadie added another goal with 10:47 remaining.
"Kayla Jones had another shutout and incredible saves throughout the night, which led us to a 5-0 victory," Lady Eagles coach Libba Willcox said.
Jackson 3, Alcovy 2, PKs
It came down to penalty kicks before Jackson could put Alcovy out for the count.
The Lady Red Devils scored two penalty kicks with the Lady Tigers unable to put the ball in the goal.
In regulation, Kendall Krueger and Ashley Mederos scored for Alcovy.
Morgan County 4, Newton 0
It was a difficult night for the Lady Rams, who only had five shots on goal.
Defensively, Newton keeper Erica Usher was busy with 12 saves.
"Our effort was good. We played hard and hustled from beginning to end," Newton coach Mary Roach said. "I was pleasantly surprised by some new players."
Eastside 6, Madison County 2
Eastside took a 2-0 lead in the first half with the help of Caleb Kernan on both goals.
"The first goal was scored by Will McQuaig off of a headed flick from Caleb Kernan, and some help from Yanrick Tinker giving support by distracting the keeper," Eastside coach Trent Weiser said. "The second goal came from a free kick off the foot of Tyler Edmiston and was finished off with a header from Caleb Kernan."
The Eagles' continued pressure in the second half paid off with an own goal by Madison County and a Tyler Marks score to give Eastside four goals.
Edmiston scored the Eagles' final two goals for the hat trick.
"Both were scored off of free kicks, with one taken from right at midfield," Weiser said. "Greg Morrell had an excellent game finishing the game with several incredible saves. He ended up the game with 11 saves."
Alcovy 3, Jackson 3
The Tigers set the tone of the game quickly when Quamere Rooks scored on a header passed by Sam Tucker 1:20 into the game.
Jackson immediately responded with a goal of their own a few minutes later to tie the game.
The Red Devils continued to press Alcovy by taking a 3-1 halftime lead.
Alcovy held off Jackson in the second half while scoring two times within a two minutes.
The first goal came by Kyle Vojtesak off a Nick Waggoner pass with 16 minutes left in the game.
Vojtesak tied the game at the 14-minute mark off a penalty kick when Waggoner was taken down in the goalie box.
Tiger keeper Cody Stargell had eight saves.
Morgan County 2, Newton 2
The Rams battled to a tie in their season opener at Madison. Newton plays at Jackson at 5:30 p.m. today.
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