COVINGTON — The Tigers started region play with a sweep over Morrow while the Eastside split their games against Sandy Creek in non-region play on Friday.
The Alcovy boys (1-4, 1-0) got their first win of the season when it really mattered besting Morrow (0-4) in a Region 2-AAAAAA match 3-2 on Friday. The Lady Tigers (4-1, 1-0) had no trouble against the Lady Mustangs (1-2-1) starting region play with a 9-0 victory.
The Tigers looked like they were going to cruise out to an easy win after taking a quick 3-0 lead 15 minutes into the match.
Jordan Adair scored the first two goals for Alcovy within the first five minutes of the game before Houston Kent added what turned out to be the final Alcovy goal of the night ten minutes later.
The Tigers maintained the shutout until the final 15 minutes of the game when the Mustangs scored on a penalty kick giving them the confidence Alcovy was hoping they would not get. The Mustangs got their second goal late in the match but the Tigers kept them from tying the game as they held on for the win.
“We then had plenty of good opportunities but could not score,” Alcovy head coach Chris Edgar said. “We were holding on to get the win. Again, our mental mistakes are causing us to put ourselves in bad positions.”
Even though the Eagles (3-0) dominated the first half of their game on Friday at Clayton State University against Sandy Creek (0-2) to take a 2-0 lead, the Patriots came back strong in the second half to tie the game 4-4.
But with 50 seconds left in the game, Mateus Holanda scored his second goal of the game to give Eastside the win.
“We didn’t approach the game with a very keen focus. Needed a wake up call. We’ve had better athletes every time we’ve played so we’ve been able to get away with a lot errors,” Eastside head coach Champ Young said. “Sandy Creek was very athletic and made us pay when we didn’t play certain situations the way we’ve trained to. The game had the possibility to get out of hand in our favor early but we let them hang around and almost gave them the win.”
The one thing the Lady Eagles (1-2) could not let happen to them happened — injuries.
Playing without senior midfielders Alex Morvik and Becka McKelvey, the Lady Eagles struggled despite the enthusiastic play of Morgan Green, Hailey Walden, Lexi Langford and Alli Coberth.
Even without the two of their three seniors, the Lady Eagles were only down 1-0 at the half.
Sandy Creek extended their lead to 2-0 on a tap-in goal after a Lady Patriot shot careened off Eastside’s keeper before Lexi Langford, who Lady Eagles head coach Joel Singleton moved from defense to forward to start the second half, scored with 24 minutes remaining in the match.
Trailing 2-1, the Lady Eagles appeared to dominate play but could not get a successful cross in to Langford who was running free in the middle of the field for much of the closing minutes. The Lady Patriots put the game away late on a breakaway that ended with a goal in a one-on-one situation with the Lady Eagles’ keeper.
Luella (2-0) put the Rams (2-2) on the defensive scoring 17 second into the game but Newton was able to keep pace with the Lions tying the score two times. However, the Lions proved too much for Newton as they scored four unanswered points taking the 6-2 win on Friday.