Eastside soccer swept by Archer

LAWRENCEVILLE -- The Eastside girls soccer team dropped its second straight match, losing to the Lady Tigers 3-0 while the Eagles lost 7-2 on Tuesday.

Archer (2-1) dominated first-half play on its way to a 2-0 halftime lead. The game-winner was scored nine minutes in when a defensive play by Eastside accidentally centered the ball for an easy goal and a 1-0 Lady Tiger lead. Archer would stretch its lead to 2-0 with a goal at the 20:14 mark despite 19 saves by junior keeper Carly Farrow.

The Lady Tigers made it 3-0 just over five minutes into the second half. Eastside's best chance of the night came with 30:29 left in the game, but Amber Lafond just missed to the right of the goal from close range off a Tara Harrison corner kick.

For the game, the Lady Tigers outshot the Lady Eagles (1-2) 30 to 9.

On a positive note, Eastside coach Joel Singleton was able to get 17 players significant playing time in the match.

"We played with great effort and our defense played a really solid game. We had some mental lapses that cost us, but overall, we kept it close," Singleton said. "Offensively, we are still trying to find ourselves in a consistent rhythm. It will come. We scheduled tough early on purpose. It is showing us our weaknesses as well as our strengths. It will help us sooner and later is my hope."

In the boys game, Eastside (0-2-1) lost to Archer (1-1-1) 7-2. Trent Taylor and Jacob Alwes scored for the Eagles.

Both Eastside teams get some time off now to regroup. The Eagles and Lady Eagles return to action on March 2 when Eastside hosts Salem at Cousins Middle School in Covington.