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Eastside holds on after going up by three
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The Eastside boys' soccer team added its fifth win in six games Tuesday but it was too dramatic for coach Champ Young.

The Eagles (6-3, 3-1 4-AAA) defeated Stockbridge 3-2 in one that was closer than it should have been.

Eastside went up 3-0 before allowing the lead to slip midway through the second half.

"We came out with a different mentality in the middle of the second half and had to hang on at the end," Young said.

Aaron James tallied two goals and Zach Chambers added the other for Eastside, which won its second straight after falling to Sandy Creek 2-0 on March 15.

Eastside bounced back from the loss with a 5-1 win over Newton on Saturday and looked like it was headed for another rout Tuesday.

However, complacency kicked in before the final whistle.

"We still haven't had a shutout yet," Young said. We play well on defense but we just give up a soft goal here and there. We just need to be a little more prepared mentally."

The Eagles came out prepared against Newton, even bringing some younger junior varsity players to the sidelines. Good thing too, as they saw action in the 5-1 rout at Sharp Stadium.

Trent Taylor scored three goals for his second hat trick in three games, and Jacob Alwes scored the other two goals for Eastside.

"We had a lot of young guys playing that really responded well to the moment," Young said. "They really moved the ball around a little big and got a lot of goals on the score sheet, which is what we were looking for."

Young said he will have the Eagles working hard again before they host Locust Grove Thursday.

"I guess just get back to work," Young said.