Inexperienced keeper gives Lady Tigers upset win

COVINGTON -- Alcovy freshman keeper Kaitlyn Griggs proved that inexperience does not matter that much as the Lady Tigers beat Woodland 3-1 in an important Area 3A-AAAA game on Tuesday.

"This is the second game she's been in. She played 10 minutes in one game and this is her first whole game she's been in. She played well," Alcovy head coach Philip Davidson said. "She was able to step up and stop some good balls."

The Lady Tigers (3-2-1 overall, 2-1 in Area 3A-AAAA) shocked Woodland when Morgan Edleman took Alex Jordan's corner kick and headed the ball for a goal seven minutes into the contest.

But it didn't take the Lady Wolfpack (5-3, 2-1) long to get its game back on track as it took advantage of Kaitlyn Griggs' inexperience. Griggs took over goal duties from junior Marie Peck, who is out of commission due to an injury to her hand.

Woodland's Cianna Cooper tied the game five minutes later, though the Lady Wolfpack had several chances to score three more times but missed due to inaccurate attempts.

The Wolfpack was on the attack in the first half, but momentum shifted in the second half as Alcovy was the more aggressive team.

"At halftime, we talked about how we wanted to play. Whether we wanted to come out and possess the ball and give us some chance to score some goals. Or we could play like we've been playing," Davidson said.

But even with the Lady Tigers applying the pressure, no one was able to score.

All that changed when Edleman took advantage of a lapse in Woodland's defense. As the ball was in the air, the Lady Wolfpack's back line did not move to the ball. By the time keeper Jill Lesley got to the ball, Edleman was able knock it in the back of the net with 22 minutes left to play.

"She's a good player," said Davidson. "Anytime she gets the ball in front of the net she'll find the back of it."

Woodland fought back to try to tie the game, but Alcovy's defense was able to clear the ball before it was able to knock it in for the tie.

While Woodland was on the attack, it was Alcovy that tacked another goal on the scoreboard with five minutes left to play. The Lady Tigers' Sage Fuller was able to squeeze the ball between a charging Lesley and the post, giving Alcovy a 3-1 edge.

The Lady Wolfpack attack was a bit more fierce as it added to its pressure but Alcovy's defense was able to meet the challenge with a pair of saves by Griggs in the final 90 seconds.

"I thought we played well the second half. We possessed the ball, moved it well and kept out of our side a whole lot more and we were able to score some goals," Davidson said. "Our defense played real well. They marked up well and settled down the ball well."