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Eastside girls fall 4-0 in region opener

COVINGTON — Lumpkin County’s sophomore soccer players put on a show against the Lady Eagles scoring all four of their goals in Eastside’s 4-o loss to start Region 8-AAAA play at Homer Sharp Stadium on Friday.

“We basically scored three goals for them. We (gave) them a PK and we had one ball where one person thought someone else had it but they never claimed it,” Lady Eagles head coach Joel Singleton said. “Then there was just a break down in defense.”

Two of the Lumpkin County (4-1-2, 2-0) goals were by sophomore Celeste Norton, the first inside the first five minutes of the game and the second on a penalty kick at the 3:53 mark, with sophomore Alexis Satterfield scoring the second goal of the game with 11:29 left in the half. The final goal of the half for the Lady Indians came with 15 seconds left on the clock when sophomore Emily Dresmich found an open goal after the Eastside (1-4, 0-1) keeper deflected a shot at her feet.

Even though the Lady Indians had a four-goal lead to end the first half it could have been a lot worse as Lumpkin County was on the attack for most of the first half pressuring the Lady Eagles defense.

“Our starting centermid is out, our starting forward is out and our starting defender is out. When you have three starters out it makes it tough but you have you play,” Sinlgeton said. “You can’t make excuses, they’re a good team and they played well.”

Lumpkin County missed six shots that could have gone in if not for squandered opportunities. On one of the misses came when the ball hit the post and bounced away while a Lumpkin County player shanked her attempt on another missed try.

While the Lady Indians were aboe to make the most of their attacks, the Eastside girls were never able to mount an effective scoring opportunity even though they out shot Lumpkin County. One major difference between the two teams on passes. When Lumpkin County passed the ball, it was to a player or a specific spot where another Lady Indians player could get to it. Eastside passes on the other hand were to an open area on the field in hopes that their player could get to it first or it was with such a narrow window that the chances of success were minimal.

“I felt like we dominated possession. I knew that going in that they’ve won games where the other team has dominated possession. We out shot them 3-to-1 but we have to finish,” Singleton said. “In the second half they did real well stopping them, we just have to find a goal scorer. We haven’t found that person right now.”