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Lady Eagles split a pair of area games

COVINGTON -- The Eastside girls started Area 4-AAA play Tuesday with a 5-1 loss to Eagles Landing on the road before hitting the trail again on Thursday to get a 4-0 win over Sandy Creek.

In their first game against Eagles Landing (4-3, 2-0), the Lady Eagles (3-5, 2-1) surrendered three goals in a span of seven minutes in the middle of the first half, turning a close game into a 4-0 deficit.

The Lady Eagles played Eagles Landing even the final 58 minutes of the match. Senior captain Amber Lafond scored the lone Eastside goal 10 minutes into the second half to close the gap but Eagles Landing would add a late goal to cap the scoring at 5-1. Junior keeper Carly Farrow made 13 saves in the contest.

When asked how her team was feeling after the match, Lady Eagles senior captain Tara Harrison said simply "We're tired of losing."

All that would change on Thursday against area foe Sandy Creek (1-4, 0-2). Eastside head coach Joel Singleton made a bold move sending Harrison to the back line on defense and senior Savannah Hill to the forward position. After more than an hour lightning delay and 29 minutes into the match, Harrison sent the ball 50 yards from the back right up into the scoring area to Hill who sent it across to Sarah Gaddis, who put in the first goal.

"This was our most complete game of the season," Singleton said. "We made some changes in our lineup and it made a huge difference."Our defense played an excellent game. Keeper Carly Farrow was very sharp tonight. She made a great stop on a penalty kick that allowed us to keep the momentum. We were able to come out in the second half and add three more goals. That was good for us since we've been slow (coming) out of the half most of the season."

"The girls felt they played well against Eagles Landing but the results didn't reflect that. They wanted to make sure they put together a solid performance (Thursday)."

The Lady Eagles dominated play, only allowing six shots on goal all night including a penalty kick that Farrow stopped to hold the 4-0 shutout. Gaddis scored three goals for Eastside and senior Emily House added her first goal of the season. Lafond had three assists.