COVINGTON —The Lady Tigers started the doubleheader with a win over the Eastside girls but the boys could complete the sweep losing the Eagles 7-0 at Homer Sharp Stadium on Tuesday.
The Eastside girls (1-1) scored the first goal but the Lady Tigers (3-1) responded with three unanswered goals beating the Lady Eagles 3-1.
Eastside took the lead midway through the first half as junior Alli Coberth scored off a deflected corner kick 18-yards in front of the goal to put the Lady Eagles up 1-0.
“(Tuesday) nights game was very physical and hard-fought,” Alcovy head coach Anna Hebert said. “Eastside scored first off of an uncleared corner and I was proud of how the girls didn’t give up.”
Their lead for about three minutes as the Lady Tigers tied the game on a Sage Fuller shot from the right side of the goal. Fuller had a chance to send Alcovy into the locker room in the lead as she almost scored as the half clock expired. However, quick reflexes by Eastside keeper Brooke Arwood kept the score tied.
“We made a few personnel tweaks and discussed things that needed to be done in the second half. The girls stepped up and made the changes,” Hebert said.
The Lady Eagles had their chance to regain the lead four minutes into the second half as they were staring at an open goal. But Lady Tigers freshman defender Allie Dumaine was able to make the save keeping the game tied.
“Our defense, particularly Aleea Bishop and Taylor Crews, did a great job second half in keeping Eastside to only five true shots on goal,” Hebert said. “Katie Barton had a great game and had two assists. We had more shots on goal second half than first half.”
Alcovy eventually found a way to take the lead 32 minutes into the second half as scored to make it 2-1 Alex Jordan after she was able to shake the defender allowing her to lift the ball over the Lady Eagle keeper.
“We played most of the second half where I felt we were playing more not to lose then to playing to win. That was frustrating,” Eastside head coach Joel Singleton said. “We’re very young and having to do a lot of learning on the fly but we’ll keep working until we figure it out. Alcovy played well and deserved to win the game.”
With just less than six minutes left in the game, Alcovy took advantage of an Eastside mistake as a corner kick bounced off the hands of the Eastside keeper allowing Destiny Hardy to tap in the final goal of the game.
“The girls were excited about the win and it meant a lot to them,” Hebert said. “It’s always hard to tell how a game like this will go when the rivalry is so intense and there is so much emotion involved.”
In the boys game, Tyrik Francis was all the offense the Eagles (3-0) needed scoring getting a hat trick getting three of their seven goals as five players scored for Eastside.
“We are making mistakes mentally that expose our physical weaknesses. We have to get better in that regards to be successful,” Alcovy head coach Chris Edgar said. “One bright spot last night was the performance of our keeper Paul Rothe. For the second straight game he played so well. He continues to make saves that keep us in games.”
Also scoring for the Eagles were Terrell Francis, Mateus Holanda, Zachary Chambers and Dakota Arrington.
“The boys came out and played hard. Intensity has been the theme the last few weeks in training and we responded well (Tuesday) night,” Eastside head coach Champ Young said. “We had last week, with the three days off, to gather ourselves and work on some of our issues.”
The Eagles were able to not only maintained control for most of the second half but also limiting any offense Alcovy (0-4) may tried to attempt by using a pressure before they were able to get anything started.
“We controlled tempo the entire game. Every time they got it we looked to pressure right away and force bad decisions,” Young said. “We were relentless in the attack and any kid that came off the bench worked hard to stay on. I was pleased with the effort, but we left some goals out there.”