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Posted: May 5, 2012 8:59 p.m.

Historic domination

Lafond, Lady Eagles reach second round for first time ever

The first two minutes of Eastside's match against Westside was indicative of the Lady Eagles' historic 3-0 win on Friday.

Eastside dominated Westside the entirety of the 80-minute first-round playoff contest between the second-seeded host Eagles and the third-seeded Patriots.

Eastside (12-6-1) set the tempo right off the bat driving down to Patriots' territory before earning a corner kick.

The Lady Eagles sent Kari Delong to the flag to center the ball. She found Amber Lafond streaking into the box, who then connected on the inbounds pass and put the Lady Eagles on top 10-0 1:34 into the contest.

For most of the rest of the first half Eastside kept the ball in Westside (13-5) territory, putting 17 strikes on the ball toward net. The Westside keeper needed to come up with five saves, while Eastside's goaltender needed just one to keep Westside at bay.

"I felt like if we could maintain possession and keep pressure on them, just from what I know about them that they were susceptible on defense, (we could win)," Eastside coach Joel Singleton said. "We had 11 shots at halftime, probably closer to 20."

Even though the Eastside pressure came often in the first half, the Lady Eagles' shot number was still less than the years it took to do what they did Friday, reach the state tournament's second round. The victory over Westside marked the first ever trip past the first round for Eastside, which opened in 1994.

"We set school history, which is really great," Singelton said.

The second half started similar to the first with Eastside striking quickly against Westside.

The Lady Eagles took the kickoff before moving into Westside territory.

Lafond brought the ball into the Patriots' back third before finding Sarah Gaddis getting free on the left side.
Gaddis collected the pass and tapped a shot past the diving Westside keeper to give Eastside a 2-0 lead 2:34 into the second half.

From there, Eastside wouldn't settle for a two-goal advantage to carry it through the next round, and continued its offensive pressure.

Again Lafond was in the mix, leading the Eastside attack through the middle. This time she got a pass from Emily House before dribbling slightly to her left and shooting one into the back of the net to the left side of the Westside keeper with 28:50 to play.

"Offensively Amber was huge," Singleton said. "She was on her game. They doubled against Gaddis most of the game and she recognized it and got possession to somebody else."

Eastside will play the winner of first-seeded Columbus and fourth-seeded Riverwood on Wednesday.

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