COVINGTON — Newton’s soccer teams fought hard but at the end they could not overcome the Bulldogs offense as they were swept by Morgan County on Wednesday.
The Lady Rams (1-2) were unable to mount much of an offense losing to the Lady Bulldogs (2-2) 3-1 while the Bulldogs (2-2) scored three goals in a five minute period beat the Newton (2-1) 5-1 in a non-region matchup.
In the girls game, Morgan County kept the Lady Rams off balance using with their pressure keeping Newton from gaining any type of offensive momentum.
“I think the cold had a little bit to do with it,” Lady Rams head coach David Alexander said. “We’ve only got six girls with any soccer experience. For the rest of them, if it’s not the first time they’ve ever played than its been awhile.”
Morgan County took a 1-0 halftime lead on an Amanda Anderson goal. The Lady Bulldogs could have easily put the Newton girls in a bind if not for the play of Newton keeper Cheyenne Walshingham.
“She’s never played soccer before, this is her first year playing. She’s a natural athlete,” Alexander said. “She’s a great player and all around great young lady. She’s really stepped up and helped us stay out of trouble in the box. She moves the girls out and talks to them.”
Despite Walshingham blocking Morgan County’s advances the Lady Bulldogs finally got one through the Newton defense with a Susanna Pepper goal 11 minutes into the second half.
Newton made it a game when Lacey Brackett scored nine minutes later on a free kick from 25 yards out.
Unfortunately, the Lady Rams were unable to score again. Even though they didn’t need it, Pepper scored Morgan County’s final goal at the buzzer.
“This is just our third game but overall we did pretty good. It should have been 2-1 but they dropped in that last second goal. But it really doesn’t matter,” Alexander said. “The girls played a really good game. The defense has really come together. We have our first region matchup (today) against Luella here.”
The Morgan County boys went on the attack first but the Rams were able to keep the Bulldogs from scoring as they turned the tide and had several scoring attempts of their own.
After the Bulldogs scored midway through the first half, the Rams tied the game a short time later on a Myles Martinez goal.
Both teams continued to battle in the second half before taking the lead 11 minutes into the second half. After an own-goal by a Newton defender made it 3-1, the Bulldogs struck again making it 4-1 with 24:19 left in the contest.
The Rams tried to regain focus but a lack of communication between players continued to plague the Newton team. Not being on the same page not only gave Morgan County a goal with an own-goal, it also resulted in a player tripping their own teammate.
Morgan County’s final goal came with 12:21 remaining in the contest off a free kick close to the midfield line.