COVINGTON - Eastside's Yanrick Tinker scored four goals as the Eagles beat county-rival Newton 6-0 before the girls swept the match also beating the Lady Rams 6-0 on Saturday at Homer Sharp Stadium.
Eastside 6, Newton 0
Putting pressure on Newton's defense was Eastside main objective.
Newton finally succumbed to the pressure after six minutes of play when Patrick Ringle scored on a cross shot.
With less than five minutes left, Tinker made it 2-0 off a corner kick.
Newton had a chance to close the gap, but Eastside keeper Greg Morrell stopped a penalty kick with 1:09 left in the first half.
"The more pressure the better. I like to put constant pressure on everything that way you keep them out of balance and you're playing at a higher pace, which brings up your intensity instead of just sitting back," Eastside coach Trent Weiser said. "We've got some good kids out there."
The Eagles increased their lead to 3-0 when Tinker weaved through the defense, scoring with 30:37 remaining.
Eastside's final three goals, two by Tinker and one by Tyler Edminston, were all scored on indirect kicks.
"He played well. In the beginning of the game he really distributed the ball well," Weiser said of Tinker. "He continued to do that even as he got his share (of goals)."
Eastside 6, Newton 0
When Eastside and Newton get on the same soccer field it's usually a battle on both sides of the field. However, this time around it was the Lady Eagles that did the battling, taking the fight to Newton.
The Lady Rams finished the game with only three shots on goal.
"Eastside is a very good team and they've got some very skilled players. But the problem is we let them do whatever they want. We didn't do our job defensively in the midfield," Newton coach Mary Roach said.
Eastside's six goals were scored by Ashton Ziadie, Amber LaFond and Lacey Larrimore with two goals each.
The two Larrimore goals were her first of the season.
"She did very well," Eastside coach Libba Willcox said. "We do a top-five list after every game and she was No. 1. It was very exciting."
Prior to the Newton win, the Lady Eagles had lost three of their last four games, including two very important matches in Area 8-AAA.
"We had a talk before the game and I think it helped with team unity. Things started working better then they had with passing," Willcox said. "I was really proud of them as far as attitude and everything."
Eastside's LaFond scored the first goal as a result of the ball slipping through Newton keeper's Courtney Gunter's hands five minutes into the game.
Larrimore made it 2-0 after kicking a loose ball in front of the net for the goal.
"At halftime we're down 2-0 and that's not where we need to be," Roach said. "We came out and immediately gave them another corner (kick). We didn't want to give them anymore corners and we immediately gave them another corner. That's exactly what they weren't suppose to do. It's just frustrating."
Eastside finished with seven corner kicks for the game.
LaFond and Ziadie scored again for Eastside with 37:02 and 33:01 left in the game.
Even though the Lady Rams continued to try to stop Eastside, they were unable to keep up as the Lady Eagles ran by them with the ball.
"Not to make excuses but we've had four games in the past week and I think at 28:32 we were done," Roach said. "Our legs were just done; there was nothing more we could get out of the tank, the tank was dry."
Eastside scored two more goals with 15:17 and 13:50 remaining with Larrimore and Ziadie finishing them off before Willcox began substituting and moving players around.
"They all had fun," Willcox said. "Sparky (Ziadie) got to play goal and anytime that happens it's amusing.
"We are passing and when the ball is moving we're not moving as much. (Newton) had to run a lot more because of how we were passing and they got worn out."
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