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Lady Eagles fly to fourth win in Area 4-AAA

COVINGTON -- The Eastside girls soccer team took a huge step towards punching a school record fourth straight ticket to the state playoffs with a 3-0 win over the Locust Grove on Thursday at Cousins Middle School.

It took less than three minutes for Eastside (6-5 overall, 4-1 in Area 4-AAA) to score their first goal. Sarah Gaddis scored on a header off an Amber Lafond free kick from just outside the 18-yard box. Thanks to keeper Carly Farrow's five first half saves and a tenacious defensive effort by the Lady Eagles in front of her, the 1-0 halftime lead would prove to be enough. But not content with the score, Lafond took the ball down the left sideline and scored to make it 2-0 within 35 seconds of the second half whistle. Five minutes later, Gaddis scored her second goal and the last goal of the match off a ball from Savannah Hill.

Again, Farrow and her defense refused to yield. Farrow would make another six saves in the second half to finish with 11 saves on the night. Several other dangerous opportunities for the Lady Wildcats were cleared from the scoring area by the Lady Eagles back line defensive unit of Kari Dylong, Tara Harrison, Sarah Parker and Victoria Reich.

This was the fourth straight shutout result for the Lady Eagles. Locust Grove (6-3, 2-3) came into the match averaging four goals per game and had only surrendered eleven goals in eight games.

With the victory, the Lady Eagles sit in second place in the area with Eagles Landing claiming the top spot at 4-0 and with the win over Eastside. Spaulding County, at 3-1 in area play, visits Eastside on Thursday with the winner having the advantage for the No. 2 seed in the area.

The shutout win also sets a new school record for the girls for four consecutive shutout wins.