COVINGTON -- The Lady Eagles (1-1) allowed a quick goal by Apalachee (2-0) in the first minute of play Friday, forcing Eastside to play catch up.
With 19:30 left in the first half, Eastside's Becka McKelvey recorded her first varsity goal off a corner kick from Kari Dylong to tie the match at 1-1.
Savannah Hill made an outstanding defensive play to stop a shot on an empty Eastside net at the 11:50 mark.
Apalachee took a 2-1 halftime lead with a goal with 4:28 on the clock.
The Lady Wildcats took control of the match in the second half and eventually notched two goals inside of one minute to take a 4-1 lead with 31:40 remaining.
In the final 10 minutes, the Lady Eagles created three separate scoring opportunities but were unable to finish any of them.
Then with 2:28 remaining, Sarah Gaddis scored off another Dylong corner to make it 4-2. Eastside keeper Carly Farrow made eight saves in the second half to bring her total to 14 on the night. In the nightcap, the Eastside boys (0-1-1) fell behind 0-1 at the 24:25 mark. Levi Rhodes tied the match with 9:26 left in the half on a 40-yard free kick that proved too hard to handle for the Wildcat keeper. Apalachee (0-0-2) regained the lead at the 2:45 mark on a free kick from the top of the 18-yard box.
The second half saw Jacob Alwes score the equalizer on a header off a long cross from the right off the foot of Rhodes with just over 15 minutes to play. Alwes just missed connecting with Trent Taylor right in front of the Wildcats goal for what could have been the game winner with only three minutes left.
Salem, Heritage pick up wins
The Salem soccer teams each got their first wins of the season last weekend over local rival Newton. The boys slipped by the Rams, 2-1, thanks to a go-ahead goal by Jonah Griswold and two big saves in the final minutes by keeper Kai Uchimura.
"We (were) able to come back into the match by moving the ball well," said Salem coach Kurt Peters.
Andrew Maxwell had the other goal for the Seminoles (1-1).
The Salem girls had no trouble with Newton, winning 8-1 to even their record to 1-1. Both Salem teams return to the pitch tonight at Griffin. The girls game is at 5:30 p.m.
Heritage stayed unbeaten with a 3-0 win over South Gwinnett. Courtney Hodges had a pair of goals and Arielle Gunderson added a goal and assist as the Patriots moved to 2-0 on the young season.
"Definitely not our best performance, but proud that our girls battled," said Heritage coach Chad Suddeth. "Good teams find a way to win, even when they don't have their 'A' game. That's what we did tonight."
The boys remained winless at 0-2, dropping a heartbreaker to South Gwinnett, 1-0.