COVINGTON -- Newton's boys soccer team got a moral victory in its 9-0 loss to Class AAAAA No. 9 ranked East Coweta on Tuesday.
The Rams (3-9 overall, 1-4 in Area 2-AAAAA) prevented the Indians (9-1, 5-0) from getting their fourth mercy-rule win even though they tried hard to score in the final 30 seconds to get the 10-point win.
East Coweta's Ian Antley got a hat trick, scoring four goals, including the first three of the game. Cooper Antley scored twice.
The Indians' other goals were scored by Boomer Hayes, Jairo Ruiz, Dillon Gallion and Cole Antley.
Not only did East Coweta have the ability to win on its own, they also had the ability to capitalize on Newton's mistakes.
Of East Coweta's nine goals, six were a result of the Indians beating several defenders at the same time to get 1-on-1 against the keeper. The other three were because the players were able to notice the keeper out of position before striking the ball.
Eastside soccer takes both games
Eastside's soccer teams ended Tuesday night with a pair of Area 4-AAA wins with the girls getting an 8-0 shutout win over Stockbridge while the boys came off the field with a 3-2 win over the Tigers.
The Lady Eagles (5-5, 3-1) got their third straight shutout with their win over Stockbridge (0-6, 0-5). Junior Sarah Gaddis was able to find open space in front of the Lady Tigers' goal all night, scoring four goals.
It took Eastside just over three minutes to net the game's first goal, when Gaddis scored from close range off a ball from Amber Lafond. Gaddis would score again at the 23:09 mark off an assist from Emily House. Lafond scored with 4:13 left before halftime off another ball from House to make it 3-0. In totally dominating the half, the Lady Eagles fired 31 shots while not allowing a single shot by the Lady Tigers.
Ten minutes into the second half, the Lady Tigers got off their first shot but to no avail. Soon after, Gaddis notched two more goals within one minute. The first was off an assist from Savannah Hill and the second off a ball from Lafond. Gaddis returned the favor with an assist to Lafond with 22:54 left to make it 6-0. House added the seventh goal on a rebound of a Gaddis shot from close range off the Stockbridge keeper with 16 minutes left. Tara Harrison scored the final goal of the match at the 14:54 mark off an assist from Lafond after Becca McKelvey stole the ball on a Stockbridge throw-in.
"We had several players score tonight. That's always positive. We've got to continue to work to be more explosive offensively and sharing the ball is a big step in doing that. I thought we got much better play in the center of the field tonight and that set up better angles and combinations to attack" said Eastside coach Joel Singleton, "Several players got to play different positions and that will help us in coming games."
In the Eastside boys (6-3-1, 3-1) soccer match against Stockbridge (2-6, 1-5), the Eagles started the game aggressively and dominated the first half possession utilizing the offside trap to great effect. Relying on their possession to work the ball, the Eagles got their reward. Trent Taylor passed the ball in to an unmarked Aaron James inside the 18-yard line. James tucked the ball neatly into the net to give Eastside the lead. The Eagles scored again when Jake Shelton threw the ball into Taylor, who flicked it into the box. After a fight for the ball, James scored his second of the night.
Eastside continued to attack the Tigers' goal in the second half, eventually getting its third goal compliments of a Zach Chambers strike.