COVINGTON -- Donning pink shorts in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Week, the Eastside Lady Eagles returned to the pitch with a 10-0 victory over Area 4-AAA rival Henry County on Tuesday to secure second place for the Lady Eagles with one area game remaining.
Eastside (8-5, 6-1) controlled the match from start to finish, allowing only three shots on goal by the visiting Lady Hawks. It took less than three minutes for Eastside to net the first goal. It started with a pass from Emily Carroll to Savannah Hill before it was passed to Amber Lafond for the goal at the 37:21 mark. At 33:33, Sarah Gaddis added a goal off a ball from Emily House to put Eastside up 2-0.
Gaddis scored again with 27:54 left off a combination play from Lafond to Hill to Gaddis for the 3-0 lead. Lafond scored her second goal to stretch the lead to 4-0 when she followed a blocked Gaddis shot with a tap-in goal to put Eastside up 5-0 with just over 20 minutes left in the half. Lexie Langford sent a ball into the scoring area, allowing Gaddis to put it in the net to complete her hat trick with 14:10 to go. Hill and House got assists on two more goals by Lafond to complete the first half with the Lady Eagles up 7-0.
The time-shortened, 20-minute second half saw more of the same with Eastside notching three goals in less than 15 minutes. Hill scored when the Lady Hawks keeper leapt high to barely get a hand on a long shot from the deep right off the foot of Tara Harrison to make it 8-0. Freshman Alli Coberth scored her first varsity goal with 6:40 left on the clock. Co-captain's Harrison and Lafond ended the match with 5:17 to go when they combined on a breakaway goal by Harrison off a long through ball from Lafond.
The win was the sixth straight for the Lady Eagles. During that stretch Eastside outscored its opponents 36-1 including five shutouts. Carly Farrow shared keeper duties with freshman Brooke Arwood and even recorded some playing time on the field.
On Friday at Sharp Stadium, the Eastside Lady Eagles will take on the Heritage Lady Patriots (12-3-1, 8-2 Region 8-AAAA), who are currently ranked No. 9 in the state in AAAA, with the match scheduled to begin at 5:30 p.m.