Newton soccer girls lose, boys come back

COVINGTON -- Both Newton squads fell behind in the games against Westlake on Friday with different results. The boys were able to come back for a 3-1 win while the girls lost in penalty kicks.

A mental mistake by Newton keeper Rodolfo Michaca gave the Lions (3-5 overall, 2-3 Area 2-AAAAA) an early 1-0 lead three minutes into the game. That mistake was the last costly one the Rams (3-7, 1-3) would commit as their defense stood strong to whatever else Westlake threw at them while the Newton Rams turned up the pressure on offense.

The Rams tied the game in the 17th minute when Alexis Lacierva booted in the ball off a cross pass.

Newton went on the attack in a strong fashion with three attempts to increase their lead.

Their efforts paid off with less than four minutes left in the first half when Westlake had a hand ball inside the box. Newton's Justin Ferguson made it 2-1 on a penalty kick, giving the Rams the edge heading into halftime.

With the way the Rams' defense was playing, Newton took any hope away from Westlake 10 minutes into the second half when Robert Davis curved his corner kick into the back of the net.

Mistakes were abundant on both sides in the girls game. But it was the Lady Lions (4-4, 2-3) who took advantage of the situation when Jasmine Jones found an unguarded net, giving Westlake a 1-0 lead.

The Lady Lions maintained their lead until the eighth minute of the second half, when Shantel Stennett angled a corner kick to tie the game.

Even though Westlake's keeper Kayla Alexander played well for most of the game, the Lady Rams' Lacey Bracket was able to catch her out of position, giving Newton (2-8, 2-2) the lead with 6:24 left to play.

It looked like the Lady Rams were headed to a win as the clock was ticking down. That was when Westlake's Taja Green split a pair of defenders and drove all the way to the net, tying the game with 36 seconds left in regulation.

"We had three defenders on her (Green) and none of them could do anything with her. She walked that ball right in past everybody," said Newton girls head coach Nilesh Patel said. "I told my defense, 'I don't care what happens, two people stay on her.' With 30 seconds left they relaxed and thought the game was over."

Following a scoreless overtime period, Westlake was able to outscore the Lady Rams in penalty kicks by a 3-2 margin.

Scoring for the Lady Lions were Alexis Rockward, Sedaries Mathis and Green. Successfully scoring for Newton were Jennifer Tran and Stennett.