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Lady Rams held scoreless against East Coweta

COVINGTON — The East Coweta girls soccer team got its seventh shutout win after blanking Newton 10-0 in Tuesday’s Area 2-AAAAA match.

The Lady Indians (9-1, 5-0) put the game away with 11:04 left in a 20-minute shortened second half after scoring eight times in the first half.

The Lady Rams (1-10-1, 1-4) knew that East Coweta meant business when it scored twice in the first two minutes of the game.

After a 10-minute lull in the Lady Indians’ intensity level, East Coweta turned up the pressure again. Between the second and third goal, East Coweta’s kicks were not as finessed as they were when it started the game. But that did not mean that it was giving the Lady Rams a chance.

Even though Newton would’ve liked to have scored, it was difficult for the Rams as they never controlled the ball offensively in the first half. In the entire game, Newton only crossed midfield twice, not counting kickoffs after a Lady Indians goal.

After bringing the tempo down, East Coweta cranked up the pressure between the 10th and 20th minute of the game, when they scored two times to make it 4-0.

It was evident that East Coweta tried to score enough to end the game in the first half using the mercy rule, but the ball could not find the back of the net. It wasn’t because of Newton’s defense that the ball did not cross the goal; it was mostly with kicks that were a few yards wide of the frame.

East Coweta had nine attempts that missed either wide or high of the frame by less than a yard.

Five of the attempts that were not off target were kicked right at the Newton keeper to the point where she did not have to move.

But that did not stop them from continuing to shoot. They eventually started beating Newton’s defense as they took an 8-0 lead at halftime.

The Lady Indians scored three minutes into the second half when Taylor McDermott, a senior, was able to spin the Newton defender. East Coweta scored its final goal with 11:04 left in the shortened second half.

East Coweta sophomore Nikki Brandley had a hat trick with three goals with fellow sophomore Serenity Waters scoring twice.

Also scoring were seniors Morgan Dill and Carly Wieting, sophomore Katie Sutherland and freshman Lynnsey Danford.

Newton’s next game is on the road Thursday at 5:30 p.m. against Langston Hughes.