The Newton High girls and boys soccer teams took on an eager Druid Hills program Friday night, dropping both home contests in Region 2-AAAAAA action.
The Lady Rams fell 10-0 in a shortened second half, giving up the 10th and final goal in the final five minutes against the Lady Red Devils.
The Newton boys team also fell in a shutout, dropping a 4-0 decision to the visiting Red Devils.
Lady Rams give up 10
Despite their improved play recently, the Lady Rams looked extremely outmatched in their region match-up against Druid Hills.
Newton was mercy ruled late in the second half, falling 10-0 to the Lady Red Devils.
From the start of the game, it was clear that the Lady Rams weren’t ready for the speed and precision of Druid Hills. Even though Newton showed a little toughness, it wasn’t near enough to match the talent of Druid Hills.
Heather Mayes paced the Lady Red Devils with a game-high seven goals, helping Druid Hills build a 6-0 halftime lead.
Newton gave up a pair of goals in the first eight minutes of the game and Druid Hills went on to score four more before the half, effortlessly taking the six-goal advantage into the break.
Newton came out with a better second half, putting forth more effort on the defensive end, but the Druid Hills’ offense was still too much for the Lady Rams.
Even after giving up three goals in the second period, Newton did its best to prevent the Lady Red Devils’ final goal from going in. But, they couldn’t stop Druid Hills’ scoring machine, giving up the last goal with five minutes left in the game.
“They were strong,” Newton coach David Alexander said. “They move the ball up the field effortlessly and we didn’t seem too able to do anything to stop it.”
Red Devils down Rams
The Newton boys program took a tough loss Friday evening against the Red Devils in region play.
Despite the 4-0 score, the Rams hung with the Red Devils tough in the second half, holding Druid Hills scoreless over the final 40 minutes of play.
Newton coach Lavon White said the Rams could build upon their second half, while learning from their first period let down.
“I was definitely proud of the boys in the second half. We played much tougher,” White said. “Hopefully the kids can see the difference the first half and second half, and take that into the rest of the region games.”
It was a tale of two halves for Newton, as they gave up four goals in the first half. The first score came 14 minutes into the game on a breakaway ball that found its way past Newton’s back line.
The goal didn’t affect the Rams’ psyche, though, as they continued to fight. But, the last 12 minutes of the half hurt Newton drastically. Druid Hills scored three goals during the
late first half stretch, taking a 4-0 lead into halftime.
Newton’s defense came out strong in the second half, keeping Druid Hills off the scoreboard, but Newton couldn’t put anything together on the offensive end of the field, falling by the four-goal final.
Newton returns to action Tuesday on the road in region action against Lovejoy, with the girls game beginning at 5:30 with the boys contest to follow.