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Lady Eagles ease past Henry County
Nine Eastside High School senior soccer players were honored on Senior Night at Homer Sharp Stadium in Covington Tuesday night. Front row from left: Alexis Langford, Becka McKelvey and Alex Morvik. Back row from left: Meisha Felton, Stephen Fisher, Mateus Holanda, Jabari Bennett, Jacob Alwes, Andres Sarmiento and Dakota Harrington. - photo by Phil Manson

Eastside seniors Alex Morvik and Becka McKelvey scored a goal apiece, and senior goalie Alexis Langford posted a clean sheet, as the Eastside girls varsity soccer team won its final home game of the season 4-0 over the visiting Henry County Lady Warhawks on a cold, blustery Senior Night Tuesday at Homer Sharp Stadium.

With the victory, Eastside improved its record to 2-11 on the season. Henry County dropped to 1-11 for the year.

 “Always good to win on Senior Night,” Eastside coach Joel Singleton said. “I’m so proud of the (senior) ladies; Becka McKelvey, Alex Morvik and Alexis Langford. ‘Lexi’ did a great job in goal – got a shutout – and then Alex and Becka both scored. So, you can’t go out much better than that. But (it was) a total team effort today.”

It was apparent from the opening kick that Eastside was the more aggressive team in the match, as much of the first half was played in the Lady Warhawks’ defensive zone. In fact, Henry County did not record a shot on goal until nearly four minutes into the second half.

The Lady Eagles broke the scoreless tie with 15:50 left in the first half as McKelvey scored on a corner kick from Morgan Green that McKelvey corralled and drilled past Henry County keeper Daya Johnson.

Eastside’s Hannah Alwes scored at the 6:15 mark, putting the Lady Eagles up 2-0 going into the locker room.

Eastside could’ve lead by more, but Henry County’s Johnson made several key saves to keep the Lady Warhawks in the match.

The second half was a back-and-forth affair as neither team established any offensive dominance. Both squads played better defense, with good player spacing and communication.

Eastside’s Green, who had a goal, an assist and continually made great passes or broke up Henry County’s offensive threats, netted her goal with 4:05 left in the match. She kept a rebound in the Lady Warhawks’ 18- box, faked a defender and drilled her shot over the keeper’s left shoulder, extending the Lady Eagles’ lead, 3-0.

“Morgan had a really good game today,” Singleton said. “We saw some things in the first half that we talked about at halftime for her to try to exploit, but their keeper played a heck of a game, too, and made some great stops. But, Morgan did a good job controlling possessions today.”

Morvik closed out the scoring with 1:34 left in the match, capping off the Lady Eagles’ 4-0 win.

Eastside returns to the pitch Friday in a Region 8-AAAA match at Madison County. Kickoff is scheduled for 5:30 p.m.