COVINGTON - Seven goals by the Lady Rams' Lynea Fouser and three by the boys' Jonathan Triana helped give both Newton teams wins over Douglass in a crucial Area 2-AAAAA match on Wednesday at Homer Sharp Stadium.
Newton 7, Douglass 2
The Newton boys were the most talented group on the field but the Astros were definitely faster. An advantage they used as Douglass took a 1-0 lead on a breakaway goal by Ishamel Muhammad five minutes into the game.
However, Newton responded scoring with 33:16 and 22:20 left in the first half to take a 2-1 lead.
Homero Michaca found the loose ball as the Douglass defense was trying to clear the ball before Alex Macias gave Newton the lead when he lopped the ball over the keeper's head.
Douglass did not stay down long, tying the game 16 seconds later.
"Their second goal, we didn't do a good job of clearing the ball out of the box and they got a cross and a header. That was the defender on that side not doing his job," Newton coach Tim Hardison said.
"Our defenders pushed up too far and didn't allow for their speed. They were able to get a couple of balls played over the top of them and they just out run us for the first goal."
The Rams were able to adjust to the Astros' speed and allow their skill to take over the game.
Michaca put Newton up 3-2 scoring with 13:29 left after getting past the Douglass defense.
With 5:03 left until halftime, Triana scored the first of his goals when Douglass keeper Jarvis Garrett was unable to control the ball.
"We had plenty of opportunities to put some more goals in the net in the first half, we just didn't finish. That's something that we talked about at halftime," Hardison said. "One thing we were doing was taking too much time in the box. I told them to just clear the defender and take the shot."
The players obviously listened to their coach scoring two goals less than six minutes.
The first goal, three minutes into the second half, was scored by Triana on a cross by Michaca.
Triana completed his hat trick with 35:58 left in the game with a rocket into the upper right corner.
"We were so lucky to get him back. He's a special young man and can do a lot of good things with the football when he's got his mind right," Hardison said.
Finishing the scoring for the night was Jonathan Turner who scored with 15:35 left in the match.
It was a big win for Newton after losing to Redan 2-1 in penalty kicks on Tuesday.
Newton 10, Douglass 0
It took a while for the Lady Rams to score, but once they did the goals came fast and often.
Newton's first goal didn't come until the 15th minute of the match when Fouser found an open goal after the keeper fell to the ground.
Sylvia Godinez made it 2-0 after beating the a defender to go head-to-head with the keeper three minutes later.
Fouser turned up the heat, scoring the next four goals in a 12-minute period.
"We would much rather have her on our team than for her to be on the other team," Lady Rams coach Larry Mattison said.
After spinning around the defender, Toneshia Favors put the ball into the back of the net with 4:17 left in the half to make it 7-0.
Fouser beat the clock, scoring her final goal of the half with seven ticks left on the clock.
Newton made it 9-0 with 32:24 remaining in the game on a Candy Penaloza goal before Fouser scored her seventh goal of the game, making it 10-0 and invoking the mercy-rule.
The seven goals by Fouser puts her at 16 for the season.
As a team, the Lady Rams had 24 shots on goal.
"We played a good game. We improved on some of the basic fundamentals we wanted to improve on from the last game," Mattison said. "They stepped up."
The Lady Rams won their previous game 3-0 against Redan on Tuesday
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