With the Alcovy girls (9-3, 6-2 Region 2-AAAAAA) and boys (4-1-7, 4-4 Rergion 2-AAAAAA) soccer teams both coming off victories against Newton 9-3, 6-2 Region 2-AAAAAA on Wednesday, one more win would seal the deal for the regular season series and that’s what they got as the Lady Tigers blanked Newton 5-0 and the boys came back to win 2-1.
The last time Newton and Alcovy met – just two days ago – the Lady Rams pushed Alcovy to its limits for about 75 minutes of the 80 minute contest before the Lady Tigers scored two goals in the final three minutes to pull away with a 5-2 win.
Alcovy’s momentum from that game must have carried over into Friday’s contest as the Lady Tigers dominated in time of possession, barely letting Newton do anything on offense. Freshman standout Baylea Payne had a monster game for the Lady Tigers, as she accounted for four of Alcovy’s five goals.
Payne’s first score came at the 37:38 mark in the first half. The Lady Tigers went scoreless for a little over 20 minutes before Payne scored again at the 15:42 mark and again with 11:56 left in the first half to get the hat trick. Payne’s fourth and final goal came with less than two minutes after her third with 10:12 left in the half.
The Lady Tigers cruised to victory after scoring one more goal in the second half, for the 5-0 win, which keeps Alcovy in second place in region 2-AAAAAA.
The Rams started the game off well, they attacked Alcovy’s defense with their speed and physicality resulting in a goal by Nicolas Munoz. However, that would be Newton’s final goal of the game, sort of.
To tie the game, as Alcovy was going for a cross, the ball hit the back of the net off of Newton’s Ricardo Gonzalez for an own goal knotting the game up at 1-1. Other than the own goal, Newton played really well defensively, nothing like they played in the 4-1 loss on Wednesday. The Rams were forced to call up their junior varsity goalkeeper, Nehemuh Gordon, and he had a tremendous showing in the game.
Alcovy’s offense had no problem getting into position to score. They had multiple opportunities to score, especially in the second half and Taylor Cheek took advantage of a breakaway on a throw-in and scored to put Alcovy up 2-1.
Newton tried its hardest to tie the game, but just couldn’t do it. Alcovy, currently in fourth place in the region, will look to keep its head afloat against Tucker and Rockdale next week.
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