Alcovy, Eastside and Newton’s soccer teams all came together Wednesday evening at Sharp Stadium to honor the memory of Carlvon Betts, who passed away two weeks ago in a car accident. Between the boys and girls’ games, Newton Athletic Director Tracey Curtis presented Carlvon’s parents – Carlton and Tracy Betts – with a package that featured some of Betts’s best photos and NHS principal, John Ellenberg, announced that the school would be retiring Betts’s jersey.
As for the games, Newton didn’t fare well in either match against Alcovy. The boys took the field first and put up a valiant effort, but the Tigers dominated en route to a 4-1 victory.
At the start of the game, the teams let two minutes run off the clock as Tigers, Rams, Eagles and fans held up their 2’s to the sky to honor Betts. Three of the Tigers’ goals came in the first half, as Newton’s defense couldn’t stop Alcovy’s relentless attack on offense.
The Lady Tigers jumped out to a quick lead against Newton after scoring a goal in the first 35 seconds of the game. However, Alcovy would go scoreless until the second half because of great play from Newton’s goalkeeper.
Newton tied the game at 1-1 with 28:04 left in the first half. The Lady Rams were able to take a 2-1 lead with 13:33 to go in the half after Newton scored on a penalty shot.
It looked like Newton would eventually pull away with the victory, but the Lady Tigers had other plans. Alcovy scored two goals in the span of two minutes with less than 28 minutes to play in the game, taking a 3-2 lead. The Lady Tigers weren’t done as they put the game completely out of reach, scoring two more goals in the final minutes of the game to earn a 5-2 victory.
The teams will see each other again on Friday with Alcovy hosting Newton, beginning at 5:30 p.m.