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Posted: March 18, 2012 12:00 a.m.

Eagles rout Rams

Eastside girls soccer coach Joel Singleton said his team came out sluggish in Saturday's rivalry game against Newton.

After three goals in the first 10 minutes, any of the timid play due to the heat was shrugged off and the Eagles scored six more over the next 50 minutes.

Eastside won its second straight game, beating the Rams 9-0 at Sharp Stadium.

It was the third game of the week for Eastside, which started off with a 5-1 loss at Eagles Landing.

Singleton was then looking for improvements from his squad, and found them in a 4-0 win over Sandy Creek on Thursday. He continued to look for those improvements Saturday, and saw them.

"We've been playing better the last week," Singleton said. "We improved on a lot of things, and we were consistent with that today."

It started with communication, as the Eagles were talking throughout the match spotting open players and calling out crosses.

Several of those crosses came from Tara Harrison, including two that found their way into the net.

Harrison, who signed to play at LaGrange College, had been starting in midfield for the Eagles until this week when she was moved to defense. Before Saturday's match, Harrison was moved back to midfield, where she had provided eight assists in the Eagles' eight matches thus far.

After Savannah Hill opened the scoring off a corner kick with 34:28 to play, Harrison was then moved up front to striker, where she will be playing in college, and scored her first goal of the season.

"She starts a lot of stuff for us," Singleton said. "After we got started and went up by one, we moved her up top where she could get good looks."

Amber Lafond would put her first goal in the net next, however, on a free kick from 25 yards out with 31:28 to play.

Harrison then scored the next two, the first coming from 19 yards out going past the Newton goalkeeper. The second came on a cross from the right side which found its way in the net.

"She played within herself and had some great crosses, two of them went into the goal," Singleton said. "She's had that knack in the past. It's just taken a little longer this year."

Harrison finished with two goals, one behind Lafond and Hill, who each finished with a hat trick.

Lafond followed Harrison's pair of goals with a pair of her own, both coming on one-on-one's with the Rams' keeper.

Hill then added two goals of her own, coming on a cross from Sarah Gaddis and a volley off a corner kick by Harrison.

Gaddis finished the scoring on a one-on-one in the box with 3:08 to play.

"We scored nine goals but I felt we still kept it in the framework of the offense," Singleton said.

The Eagles put 11 shots on net, while Newton struggled getting past the Eastside midfield.

The Rams won their first game of the season, 4-0, against Stephenson on Wednesday but couldn't muster a similar offense or defensive performance. Newton managed just one shot on net against the Eagles.

Eastside plays at Stockbridge and Newton hosts East Coweta on Tuesday.

 

 

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