Alcovy girls, Eastside boys win for split

COVINGTON -- The Alcovy girls soccer team now knows what it feels like to walk off the field with a win over Eastside beating the Lady Eagles 5-2 while the Eastside boys got their first come from behind win of the season beating the Tigers 2-1 on Friday at Homer Sharp Stadium.

Neither of the girls team were able to do anything for most the first half as both defenses were stout and converged on the ball not giving up any clean shots. That was true until Alcovy's Sage Fuller caught Eastside's keeper flinch for just a second scoring with 1:38 left in the opening half.

The second half was different as the Lady Tigers (3-2-1) found the back of the net for four straight goals taking a 5-0 lead.

"I told them to keep playing the way were playing in the first half," said Alcovy head coach Philip Davidson. "We have not played well so far this season and we kind of put it all together this game. The girls moved the ball well and possessed it well."

Fuller scored nine minuted into the second half on a high cross that found its mark. Mary Ruth Davis made it 3-0 on a header six minutes later Alex Jordan scoring on a free kick with 22:26 left in the game.

Alcovy's final goal came with 9:45 left when Morgan Edleman scored on a Jordan assist.

The Lady Eagles (2-4) continued to battle to avoid the shutout. Their efforts paid off with 5:47 on the clock as Emily Carroll weaved her way through Alcovy's defense for the score. Eastside made it 2-0 on hard kick by Sarah Gaddis which slipped through Alcovy keeper Marie Peck's hands. Until that point, Peck had five far from routine saves.

"She's really good. She kept them out until those last couple of goals in the end. She really helps the defense," said Davidson.

"This is huge, this is the only time Alcovy (girls) has beaten Eastside. We tied them last year (2-2) and the seniors really wanted to come back and win this. The girls played hard and came out with the win."

Both teams had their chance to score in the first half of the boys game but their attempts were not successful.

Alcovy (3-3) took advantage of the first miscue when the Eastside (3-2-1) keeper slid to get the ball. However, he was unable to control it giving Rysan Richardson the chance to jumped over the keeper and score into an open goal with 34:32 left in the game.

Everything seemed to be going in Alcovy's favor until the Tigers defense froze and did not give keeper Stephen Aycox and support allowing Jacob Alwes to tie the game with 11:03 left.

"We are our own worst enemy. I challenged the guys this week that until we beat the man in mirror we can't accomplish our goals. I'm not going to take anything away from Eastside, they played hard the whole game and got the win. But we didn't help," said Alcovy head coach Chris Edgar. "We don't catch breaks. Maybe one day they'll come our way but until then it'll be tough."

Eastside's Trent Taylor scored the game winner with 2:14 remaining in the game when he dribbled the ball between a pair of Alcovy defenders and kicked it behind Aycox.

"I was eager to see who we would do when we were tested a little more when we had to battle for the win. This was our first come from behind win. We didn't play well by any means. I was excited that they came out and got the result," said Eastside head coach Champ Young.

"That's a tribute to all the hard work we put in the off season to get to that point. They outplayed us. Was it pretty esthetically? By no means no. It showed some character that we came back and won this."