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PREP SOCCER: Lady Eagles blank Southeast Whitfield
Eastside Soccer
Eastside's Lizzie Teasley fires a shot just under the diving effort of Southeast Whitfield keeper Tammy Nguyen. - photo by George Harrison

COVINGTON, Ga. — The Eastside High School girls’ soccer team (3-1) continued its impressive offensive display in a 10-0, time-shortened win over the Southeast Whitfield Lady Raiders (2-2) Friday night at Homer Sharp Stadium.

“Nice performance tonight. I thought our scoring balance was solid. We have to keep working more girls creating on the offensive end to get to where we want to be,” Eastside head coach Joel Singleton said. “Our defense did an excellent job controlling the match tonight and never really allowed Southeast Whitfield the time to create a good attack." 

Elizabeth Ozburn sent a thru-ball to Aralyn Everett, who carried the ball before sending it into the back of the SE Whitfield net at the 36:14 mark to open the scoresheet and put the Lady Eagles up, 1-0. Everett scored again off a long ball sent down the far right sideline by Bailey Love to make it 2-0 with 31:28 on the clock. 

Lizzie Teasley scored with 24:09 to play in the first half off an assist from Mya Cummings. Teasley added another goal on a long breakaway after receiving a short pass from Everett at the 22:47 mark. 

“Teasley really asserted herself on the offensive end. She was aggressive and made some things happen for us,” Singleton said.

Karissa Aldridge sent a long pass to Everett, who forwarded the ball to Cummings, who netted the final goal of the half on a breakaway with 22:15 still to play before halftime.

Outstanding goalkeeper and Lady Raiders captain Tammy Nguyen made numerous athletic and incredible saves that kept SE Whitfield in the match. Three of those great saves came in the last three minutes of the first half.

Nguyen's terrific personal effort continued in a second half that remained scoreless until Everett sent a beautiful ball across the SE Whitfield goalmouth to Cummings from the deep right that was knocked into the goal by a Lady Raider defender for an own goal with 28:30 left to play in the match. 

Two minutes later, Everett completed her hat trick and extended the Eastside advantage to 7-0 off a ball from Kyli Greer. 

Teasley scored off a corner kick from Love with 23:05 on the game clock to stretch the lead to 8-0. Teasley added her fourth goal of the night at the 21:40 mark off an assist from Cummings to make it 9-0. With 16:17 left to play freshman Lauren Davis scored her first varsity goal off an assist from Katie Oakley to end the match 10-0. 

Throughout the match Lady Eagles Anna Shelton, Jordyn Jones, Lauren Gates, Katie Oakley, Karissa Aldridge and the rest of the Eastside defensive unit kept the Lady Raiders in check. Eastside faced more of a scoring threat from SE Whitfield than it did in its previous match against Stephenson, but made the defensive plays needed for the shutout.

The Lady Eagles will travel to Woodward Academy on Thursday, Feb. 27, to play their first region 4-AAAA match of the season.