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Alcovy girls finish banner year in playoffs
Soccer team earns its first-ever postseason berth

COVINGTON - The Alcovy girls soccer squad had a great season finishing above .500 and making it to the playoffs for the first time in the school's three year history.

The Lady Tigers had an overall record of 9-8, a vast improvement over last year's 2-10-1, and clinched the fourth seed in Area 4-AAAA with a 5-3 record.

"We reached three goals," first-year Alcovy coach Phillip Davidson said. "The goal we did not reach was beating a team with a better record than us."

The goals the Lady Tigers did achieve were having a winning season, making the playoffs and increasing the number of goals they scored.

For the first time, the Alcovy girls scored more than 10 goals and gave up fewer than 80. In the past two seasons, the Lady Tigers scored nine goals both years while allowing more than 80 goals per season.

This year, they scored 48 times while allowing 38, 10 of those coming against Lakeside-Evans in the first round of the playoffs.

Kendall Krueger and Chelsea Richardson paced Alcovy with 12 goals and one hat trick each, followed by Mary Ruth Davis with four and Ashley Mederos, Kelly Azar and Brittany Price with three.

Richardson and Alisha Barrett were the assist leaders with eight and seven for the season.

Defensively, Kailyn Maynard was kept busy in the net with 63 saves.

Davidson knew he had a special group of girls early in the season when they won three straight games in the DeKalb Tournament.

"That really gave the girls a lot of confidence," he said. "I thought that we had a chance to wind up in the third or fourth place."

After losing four straight, they rebounded and closed the season by winning three of their last four games. Then came the loss to Lakeside-Evans, which lost to eventual Class AAAA champion Marist in the quarterfinals.

The girls also had to deal with adversity early in the year losing to Jackson in penalty kicks and to Eastside in the first game for the county championship.

"We lost in overtime on PKs in the first game of the season, and that was very tough on the girls. But after that, they handled adverstiy well," Davidson said. "Ashley Mederos and Chelsea Richardson really played hard and helped encourage the other girls."

With everything the girls went through, Davidson said the proudest he was of his team was in its 3-0 loss to Area 4-AAAA champions Ola late in the season.

"It was the best team game we played against a good opponent," he said.

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