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Alcovy girls hope area change helps playoff chances

COVINGTON -- After failing to make the state soccer playoffs the past few seasons, the Lady Tigers have a good chance to achieving that goal this season.

It's not that the Alcovy girls were bad, it's that they were usually paired with either the No. 1 or No. 2 team in the state in the crossover game.

"Last year we were in a divided subregion," Alcovy head coach Phillip Davidson said. "No matter how good we did on this side, when we crossed over we had Whitewater or McIntosh who were No. 1 and No. 2 in the state. This time we play everybody in the region and I hope we do a little better."

Some of the key Area 2-AAAAAA games on Alcovy's schedule include Rockdale, Newton and Druid Hills.

In their meetings last year, the Alcovy girls tied Newton 2-2 in their first game before winning 6-1 in their second meeting. They also had a 4-2 win over Rockdale and won 3-2 over Druid Hills. The difference in the Newton and Rockdale games this year is that they will be area games. However, Davidson is not sure what the rest of the area will bring as far as competition.

"We don't know a lot about these teams because we haven't played them before," Davidson said. "Druid Hills is going to be one of the big games for us. They've been pretty good the last couple of years. Other than that I'm not really sure. We'll know more after they start playing."

Giving the head coach a reason to be confident is the level of senior leadership and experience coming back. Having only graduated two players last year, the Lady Tigers will have six returning seniors, five returning juniors and one returning sophomore.

"Morgan Edelmann is a senior and a three-year starter," Davidson said. "Then we have Sage Fuller, who's a junior and was second in scoring last year. Alex Jordan, who's a junior, led the team in assists the last two years. Then our senior keeper, Marie Peck, is back. Then we have another junior -- Taylor Crews -- (who) has been our sweeper the past two years. We have a lot of senior leadership and I hope that helps. I think we'll be very competitive. Offensively, I feel we'll be tough."