COVINGTON —Despite being outshot in the first half, Alcovy was able to maintain the tie before scoring the go-ahead goal to get the 2-1 win over county-rival Newton on Friday.
Both teams came out playing hard but it was the Rams that had the upper hand with their speed and ability. Newton’s attack finally paid off as they scored midway through the first half.
“We knew that they were real fast and we’re not. We just had to play to our strengths and possession is the way to do it,” Alcovy head coach Chris Edgar said. “Fortunately we didn’t quit. There had been times in the past where we would get down a goal and we they would pack it in. I have a lot of respect for these guys, they play hard and have good character.”
Alcovy was able to tie the game three minutes later on a Jordan Adair penalty kick after his brother, Justin Adair, got fouled in the box.
“The penalty kick hurt,” Newton head coach Lavon White said. “It was a tough battle, a very physical game of course being a neighborhood rivalry. But it was a good hard, clean game.”
The Tiger were outshot by Newton by five shots 7-2. But the second half saw the Tigers become the aggressor as they had 11 shots on goal to Newton’s two.
Seven minutes into the second half, Alcovy’s Houston Kent took the ball into the box as Newton’s defenders were closing in on him. After having his shot blocked, Jared Adair found the ball in front of him allowing him to kick the ball for the winning goal.
The Rams tried to go back on the attack but Alcovy’s ball control was able to equalize Newton’s speed.
“That as the halftime speech, keeping that first half aggression,” White said. “But some of the guys were trying to shy away from getting cards. If I could get us to put that physical game together for a whole game it will give more opportunities to win.”