The past week has been an emotional tragedy for Newton High School and their soccer program. With the loss of fellow mate, Carlvon Betts, soccer may have been the last thing on the mind of the players and coaches. But as time progresses, the season keeps going for the Newton High Soccer program.
It didn’t get any easier as the Tigers of Tucker took a trip to Covington to take on the Rams Tuesday evening. It was a dominating performance by Tucker as Newton both varsity girls and boys were shutout.
For the ladies, Newton did the best they could to keep up with Tucker, but it was clear the Lady Tigers had better athletes on the field. The Lady Rams had some impressive defensive stops that could have led to goals for Tucker, but offensively they couldn’t possess the ball long enough to score.
With four goals scored by Tucker’s Tierra Moore, Newton fell to the Lady Tigers 4-0. The Lady Rams lost their captain, Precious Buddington, before the season and desperately need her on the field, as her future status is uncertain.
“We are not stacking up to the region like we would like too,” Newton girls’ Coach David Alexander said. “I would like to see more communication from the girls and better ball control.”
As for the boys, it wasn’t a game that Newton wants to remember. Tucker did a good job at spreading Newton out and keeping their defense on their heels. With their crisp passes and aggressive play, Tucker was able to get on top early in the game and never let up defeating Newton 7-0. Obviously, the loss of their teammate is still affecting the Rams. But, their players are playing with heart and passion and it just haven’t manifested itself to consistent wins.
Newton coach Sam Noland said, “The emotional drain took its toll on our physical inability to work through eighty minutes of games.”