Jordan’s hat trick propels Alcovy over Newton

COVINGTON — Emotions played a big part in the Alcovy-Newton girls soccer game on Friday.

While the Lady Tigers had momentum on their side in the first half the Lady Rams took it over in the second half. But Alcovy was able to hold on for the win in the end getting the 4-3 win.

“The energy in the first half was good. Unfortunately, the energy took control in the second half. It was clearly an emotional game,” Alcovy head coach Anna Hebert said. “You think you’re solidly ahead then a momentum shift can do a lot.”

Even though no one scored, it was the Lady Tigers that came out as the more aggressive team. But Newton’s defense was able to stop whatever offensive threat the Lady Tigers could muster.

But with a defender on her shoulder, Destiny Hardy was able to get enough of her foot on the ball to get it into the net giving Alcovy a 1-0 lead with 18:44 left in the first half.

The few times the Lady Rams were able to get into Alcovy territory, the Lady Tigers defense quickly converged on the ball taking away any chance for a play to develop before it began.

Newton’s defense kept Alcovy from getting any good looks until the 39 second mark when Alex Jordan not only had a clean shot, she also had power behind her kick. Jordan was able to kick the ball hard enough to have it go through keeper Cheyenne Walshingham’s hands.

The Lady Rams started the second half with a more disciplined but it didn’t last long as Jordan was able to break down the defense giving Alcovy a 3-0 lead four minutes into the half.

Down 3-0, the Lady Rams scored twice within a minute to make it a close game. Both goals were slow rollers which the keeper Victoria Merchant should have been able to stop.

Scoring for the Lady Rams were Lacey Brackett and Alexandria Lewis.

“That gave us a boost in morale that we haven’t had,” Newton head coach David Alexander said. “We crawled back into it with those two really quick goals and we were down by a shot.”

Alcovy starting becoming more aggressive but Newton’s defense was able them from getting any clean looks at the goal.But Alcovy’s consistent attack finally broke through as Jordan scored her third goal with 10:28 left in the game.

“There’s no doubt that Alex is a big part of the team. She knows when to step up. She actually had an assist on the goal she didn’t score on. I was happy to have her out there.”

Brackett gave the Lady Rams hope of extending the game scoring with less than two minutes remaining in regulation. But Alcovy’s defense was able to hold off Newton’s late-game attack for the win.

“We kept going, kept taking it to them. Anything can happen the last few seconds of a game,” Alexander said. “We brought everybody up the field hoping for a miracle.”