COVINGTON, Ga. — The Eastside Lady Eagles have clinched a berth in the Class AAAA state playoffs for the first time since 2012 with their 10-0, time-shortened victory over the Henry County Lady War Hawks Thursday evening at Sharp Stadium.
Dallas Stephenson scored the game-winning goal at the 28:41 mark of the 1st half off an assist from Aralyn Everett. The 1-0 score held until over halfway thru the first half.
In the final 18 minutes the Lady Eagles recorded seven more goals to make it 8-0 at the half. Mya Cummings, Sara Hammonds and Everett each notched a brace — one player scoring two goals — in the first stanza.
Madison Morvik added the final goal of the first half on a free kick set piece with 48 seconds left.
Due to the score, the second half was shortened to 20 minutes. But it only took 6 minutes for Charlee Rowell to net her brace and end the match with 14:02 remaining on the clock.
In a true team effort, Everett and Morvik both had two assists while Stephenson, Lauren Gates and Malaya Yamasaki recorded 1 assist each during the match.
The victory lifts Eastside to 6-4-1 on the season and 3-1 in Region 4-AAAA with only two region games left to play. If the Lady Eagles win out, they'll guarantee a second place finish in the region.
The Lady Eagles hold tie-breakers over Luella, Henry County and Salem — all three of which have a trio of region losses, as does North Clayton. Eastside plays current Region 4-AAAA leader Druid Hills next Thursday at Adams Stadium in Decatur, and North Clayton at Sharp Stadium April 10th.
Eastside boys cruise to victory over Warhawks
The Eagles’ boys squad made equally quick work of Henry County in its 9-1 triumph over the region foe Warhawks Thursday night.
Creighton Goerner started the scoring off for Eastside with a goal just 5:15 into the match, and it took only 31 seconds for the Eagles to strike again — this time with a goal from Kade Mote with Jackson Jolly credited with the assist.
Mote recorded a hat trick later in the half when he took a pass from Zach Glover and converted it for a 5-0 lead. From there, several other Eagles got into the action, including Stevaun Samuels and a pair of goals from Bryson Wade, as the lopsided score made for a shortened second half.
The win upped Eastside’s record to 5-4-2 with a 3-0 mark in region play, ahead of Friday night’s match at Walnut Grove (2-7-1). Eastside will face Druid Hills Thursday at Druid Hills (5-6-1, 3-0) with the chance to take sole possession of the top spot in Region 4-AAAA.