East­side vis­its Al­covy tonight in soc­cer show­down

Al­covy squads shoot­ing for first win ever over Ea­gles

The Covington News - - Sports - By Ja­son Mur­dock

Tonight the Al­covy High boys and girls var­sity soc­cer teams will hope to do some­thing they’ve yet to ac­com­plish in Re­gion 8-AAAA South ac­tion — beat crosstown ri­val East­side.

And the out­look is good, con­sid­er­ing each team fell by just a score of 3-1 last sea­son, prov­ing that a win is not im­pos­si­ble.

“We will pre­pare for East­side the same way we do for ev­ery­one else,” says Al­covy boys coach Michael Ebel. “We work hard in prac­tice ev­ery­day and pre­pare for the game at hand. I have not been able to watch East­side play this year. We can only con­trol what we do.”

En­ter­ing to­day, the Ea­gles are 4-7-0 over­all and still search­ing for their first re­gion vic­tory of the sea­son. Mean­while, the Tigers are 6-6-0 with a 1-3-0 re­gion record.

“I know that this game will mean a lot to the guys on both of our teams,” says East­side coach Brian Saf­fold. “A lot of the guys on the field are friends and have been play­ing to­gether and against each other for a long time. It comes down to brag­ging rights. For both of our teams, this will be the last time our se­niors get to match up against one an­other.”

Neve r - the­less, the Ea­gles will be miss­ing ap­prox­i­mately five starters due to in­jury and other rea­sons.

“It will be in­ter­est­ing to see how the other guys han­dle that,” Saf­fold notes. “Hope­fully some­one will step up and fill those roles once the whis­tle blows.”

In ad­di­tion, East­side has lost five games in a row.

“It starts to get into your head a lit­tle; toy­ing with your psy­che,” Saf­fold says. “Hope­fully we can over­come that. We played good in our last two games, but not for the en­tire 80 min­utes and that is what we will have to do to beat Al­covy.”

Men­tal fo­cus should play a vi­tal role in the out­come of the game. Dur­ing this week in prac­tice, the Ea­gles have been pri­mar­ily fo­cused on keep­ing

pos­ses­sion of the ball.

“We can usu­ally man­age to play one good half of soc­cer,” says East­side se­nior mid­fielder Braden Smith, “so we are go­ing to have to put to­gether two halves of good qual­ity soc­cer. By do­ing this, it will en­sure that we can keep in the run­ning with (Al­covy) for the en­tire game, and hope­fully come out on top.”

For the girls, the Lady Ea­gles (7-4-0,1-2-0) are hop­ing to even their re­gion record with a vic­tory against the Lady Tigers (2-9-1, 04-0). But it should be no easy task, as Al­covy is hun­gry af­ter com­ing off a dev­as­tat­ing 11-0 shutout Tues­day against Her­itage.

“I have not had the op­por­tu­nity to see East­side play,” says Al­covy girls coach Chris Edgar. “We have pre­pared for this just like any other game. Last year we played them tough but fell short. All I can say is we are go­ing to try our hard­est and will let the chips fall where they may.

“My con­cerns are not with East­side; my con­cerns are with my team,” Edgar adds. “I want them to be phys­i­cal and con­trol the pace of the game.”

Saf­fold takes a sim­i­lar path, agree­ing with Edgar.

“I don’t re­ally have any con­cerns specif­i­cally about the Tigers as a team,” Saf­fold says. “Al­covy is good, but I know that when our guys are on we can play with any­body. The big­gest con­cern I have about the game is with our own team.”

East­side will visit Al­covy tonight be­gin­ning at 5 p.m. at Tiger Field.

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