Indians blanks Alcovy in opening round of playoffs

NEWNAN -- The EUROSPORTscoreboard.com third-ranked East Coweta Indians soccer team showed they can play without twin brothers Ian and Conner Antley as they shut out Alcovy 8-0 in the opening round of the Class AAAAAA playoffs on Wednesday.

When the Antleys are in the lineup, however, magical things begin to happen.

The Indians' (17-0-1) leading scorers sat out the first 20 minutes of the playoff opener before finally entering the contest and helping spark the squad to an 8-0 victory.

With the Mercer University-bound soccer players out of the lineup, the Indians gave their fans a preview of next year with several solid shots on goal. A couple of them nearly found the back of the net.

Alcovy goaltender Shawn Trowbridge kept the game close early with some acrobatic saves as East Coweta built a 2-0 lead at the end of the first half and scored six more times in the final 40 minutes to advance to the second round.

The Antleys finished the game with a hat trick each.

Todd Davis and Zac Slaton also added goals for the Indians en route to the victory.

Ian Antley started the scoring for the Indians' putting the shot past Throwbridge less than seven minutes after checking into the game. He scored his second goal of the contest with just more than two minutes left before the break.

Davis got into the scoring act for the Indians eight minutes into the second half when he added the Indians' third goal of the contest. His score opened the offensive floodgates for the Indians.

East Coweta scored five times in a span of 30 minutes to put the game out of reach.

The Indians pushed the lead to 4-0 just two minutes after Davis' goal as Ian pushed the ball to Conner for the 4-0 lead.

The fifth goal came as Conner sent a corner kick toward the Alcovy goal. Ian timed the shot just right and headed into the back of the net for a 5-0 lead 21 minutes into the second half.

Slaton increased the lead to 6-0 23 seconds later with his goal. Conner Antley closed out the scoring with the final two goals of the game.

With 7:10 remaining in the contest, he was pulled down inside the box, setting up the penalty kick that went into the back of the goal untouched. The final goal of the game came with 2:01 left to play when Conner completed his hat trick.

Just seconds earlier Terrence Lewis banged his shot off the post.

The Indians finished the game with 30 shots. Alcovy had eight.