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PREP SOCCER: Eastside girls notch third straight shutout ahead of big Wednesday test at Luella
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Eastside's Anna Shelton gets set to fire a kick past the Piedmont Academy keeper. It would be one of the Lady Eagles 10 goals in Monday's rout of the Lady Cougars. -photo by Mike Harrison

COVINGTON, Ga. — Three games in four days? No problem for Coach Joel Singleton's Eastside Lady Eagles (7-1, 2-1 in 4-AAAA). 

Eastside recorded its third straight shutout Monday with a 10-0 rout of Piedmont Academy. The Lady Eagles have won their last three matches by a combined score of 30-0. 

Against Piedmont, freshman Hannah Scharf scored the game-winning goal less than four minutes in off a cross from the left into the 6-yard box from Aralyn Everett. 

Everett netted the next two goals for Eastside. The first was with 27:51 on the game clock off a Liz Ozburn corner kick. The second was off a pass from Scharf that Everett originally could not control but recovered and put it in the back of the Lady Cougars’ net to make it 3-0 with 25:03 until halftime. 

Piedmont had their best scoring chance of the match shut down when Eastside defenders Jordyn Jones and Lauren Gates sandwiched a fleet Lady Cougar forward, forcing her to shoot to the left of the Eastside goal for a Lady Eagle goal kick. 

At the 16:25 mark an Everett shot hit the cross bar. A Mya Cummings effort was saved with 15:01 left by Piedmont goalkeeper Cassidy Cook who made 13 of her 20 saves in the first half alone. 

Eastside goalkeeper Anna Shelton took her place on the field being replaced in goal by Katie Oakley around the 13 minute mark. Freshman Lizzie Teasley scored off a Gina Leal back pass from the deep left corner to make it 4-0 with 7:56 remaining. 

The Lady Cougars were called for a handball in the box on a Teasley corner kick with 4:14 on the clock.

Shelton converted the PK to make it 5-0 Eastside. Just over a minute later Bailey Love sent a ball to Teasley who forwarded it to Ozburn who buried it in the Piedmont net to put the Lady Eagles ahead 6-0 going into the half. 

The second half saw a second handball in the box call go against Piedmont, this time on a Jones corner kick. Jones put the PK in the Lady Cougars’ net at the 33:29 mark. Gates hit the cross bar and the right post on two separate shots in rapid secession about 4 minutes later. 

The score remained 7-0 until an Ozburn corner kick resulted in a shot by Malaya Yamasaki that was deflected by Cook back into the path of Ozburn who sent a missile into the far side of the net halfway through the 2nd half. 

Less than two minutes later, Love threw the ball in to Kyli Greer who tapped it back to Love who sent a long shot from the far right that was tipped up by Cook. A charging Lily Oftedal knocked it in from the left at close range to make it 9-0. Love sent a corner kick in that Oakley scored on to end the match by mercy rule with 17:08 left on the clock. 

The next three games may determine just how good this Eastside team can be. 

The Lady Eagles must face Luella (6-1, 3-0 and tied with Woodward Academy for first in 4-AAAA) Wednesday at 5:30 p.m. in McDonough before returning to Homer Sharp Stadium for games against Class AAA No. 5 Dawson County (5-1) Friday at 6 p.m. and Class AAAAAA No. 7 Heritage (8-2) on Tuesday, March 19 at 5:30 p.m.