Luella blanks Lady Rams 5-0 in region opener

COVINGTON — Luella’s defense was too much for the Lady Rams as they could only muster three shots on goal for the game losing their first Region 2-AAAAAA game 5-0 on Friday.

“I don’t think this (Luella) team is as good as the last team,” Newton head coach David Alexander said. “They’re definitely not five goals better than us. We need to keep at it and keep improving.”

Luella (2-0, 1-0) came out and showed their dominance early in the game taking 11 shots on goal in the first half while keeping the Lady Rams (1-3, 0-1) from getting any offensive momentum.

Newton’s offensive front had the ball in Luella’s goalie box three times in the first half but the Lady Lions defense prevented them from even attempting to take a shot on goal.

The Lady Lions on the other hand took advantage of their scoring opportunities putting the ball in the net twice out of their six shots on goal.

Anessi Rucker scored first for the Lady Lions with a header eight minutes into the game following a high corner kick by Rebecca Holliday.

Luella’s second goal came seven minutes later when Kayla Trice split a pair of Newton defender before losing them leaving her with a one-on-one against Newton keeper Cheyenne Walsingham.

Even though the Lady Rams improved early in the second half, it wasn’t enough to get the best of Luella’

“We realized that they’re not as good as they were in the past and we made some changes a couple of shifts,” Alexander said. “We moved Alex (Lewis) from the back to up front giving her a chance to use that leg of hers. Her head wasn’t in the game at the back.”

Trice scored her second goal of the night with 25:09 left in the game after dribbling the ball around a diving Walsingham to make it 3-0.

After getting an assist with a corner kick in the first half, (9) was able to walk the ball to the goal at the 19:32 mark. Even though there was a Newton defender next to her for the final 15 yards, Holliday shot was never challenged.

Holliday made it 5-0 less than minute later after launching the ball from more than 30 yards out.

“It wasn’t like (Morgan County) that’s for sure. Our defense didn’t seem like they were very tight. Alex (Lewis) had a tough game and our midfielders didn’t work both sides of the field like the last game,” Alexander said.

“I think overall it wasn’t a good game for most of the girls. I don’t know why, I can’t describe what the difference was between the last game and this one.”