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SOCCER NOTEBOOK: Eastside girls notch impressive win over Piedmont Academy
Eastside girls soccer
Eastside's Charlee Rowell and Piedmont Academy's Neely Bradford battle for the ball during the Lady Eagles' 7-0 win Friday. - photo by Mike Harrison | The Covington News

MONTICELLO, Ga. — Madison Morvik and Aralyn Everett each had hat tricks on offense while Anna Shelton made five saves in goal to notch Eastside's 4th shutout victory of the season, a 7-0 at Piedmont Academy Friday evening. 

The Lady Eagles (5-4-1, 2-1 in Region 4-AAAA) scored the game-winning goal 25:02 before halftime when Morvik netted the ball off an assist from Lauren Gates.

Three minutes later, Mia Cummings stretched the lead to 2-0 when she scored off a beautiful pass from Everett. Everett made it 3-0 when she tallied her first goal with 9:16 to go in the first half. 

Ten minutes into the second half, the Lady Eagles began a run of four goals in seven minutes to close out the win. Everett notched her second goal at the 29:31 mark. Morvik scored on a free kick at 27:51 and again off an assist from Sara Hammonds with 26:45 left before Everett completed the scoring when she converted off a ball from Dallas Stephenson with 22:29 left to play. 

Eastside coach Joel Singleton seized the opportunity to get all of his players valuable playing time during the game. 

Although the Lady Cougars were outnumbered, they had only three substitutes available and were not without outstanding performances. 

Goalkeeper Cassidy Cook made a total of 23 saves in the match. Cook and physical defender Neely Bradford, both first year players, were members of the Lady Cougars state championship softball team this past fall. Strong legged midfielder Caitlyn Young, who is the placekicker for the Piedmont Academy football team, served up numerous long balls and had a free kick that Eastside's keeper had to save in the second half to preserve the shutout. 

The Lady Eagles play Henry County (3-5, 1-2) Thursday at Sharp Stadium at 5:30 p.m. in a Region 4-AAAA match before traveling to Walnut Grove Friday for a 5:30 p.m. non-region match with the Lady Warriors in a game rescheduled from February 13.

Eastside boys fall to top-ranked Chestatee

DAHLONEGA, Ga. — Eastside made a game of it, particularly early, but in the end, the speed and defensive intensity from No. 1 Chestatee was too much to handle, as the Eagles fell 3-0 to the top-ranked team in Class AAAA Friday night at the University of North Georgia’s campus. 

With the loss, No. 10 Eastside fell to 4-4-2 on the season, but are still a perfect 3-0 in Region 4-AAAA play as a home region match with Henry County looms Thursday, followed by a trip to Walnut Grove Friday.

Alcovy teams come up short at Heritage

CONYERS, Ga. — In a highly anticipated region match between two preseason contenders for a Region 3-AAAAAA title, it was the Heritage-Conyers girls taking a 4-0 win over Alcovy Friday night in a win that helps it keep pace with Greenbrier for second place in region standings. 

Meanwhile, the Heritage boys routed Alcovy 9-1, causing the Tigers to fall to 1-7 on the season. The Lady Tigers loss dropped them to 5-3 overall and 3-3 in region play. They’ll look to snap a two-game skid when they come home for the next three against Grovetown (March 20), Heritage (March 23) and Greenbrier (March 27). 

Newton soccer teams looking for first region win

COVINGTON, Ga. — After tying Eastside and falling to Rockdale County, the Newton boys were looking to get back to its early-season winning ways Friday when it hosted South Gwinnett. The Rams lost a heartbreaker, though, by falling 3-2 to South Gwinnett in overtime. This after the Lady Rams dropped a 10-0 decision to the Lady Comets. 

Both the Newton boys and girls teams will try for their first Region 8-AAAAAAA wins against two winless Shiloh squads.