Tick­ets punched

Tigers, Lady Ea­gles claim post­sea­son berths with wins

The Covington News - - Sports - By Robby Byrd

COV­ING­TON — The Al­covy High boys soc­cer team cap­tured more than a 1-0 win Fri­day night over cross-county ri­val East­side.

The Tigers (7-6 over­all, 23 re­gion) claimed the New­ton County cham­pi­onship and the No. 4 seed in the Re­gion 8AAAA soc­cer post­sea­son tour­na­ment.

The East­side girls (8-4, 22), in turn, de­feated the Lady Tigers, 2-1, to se­cure their first trip to the post­sea­son in Class AAAA ac­tion as, most likely, the No. 4 seed.

For the Al­covy boys, a trip to the post­sea­son in only their sec­ond year of ex­is­tence is an ac­com­plish­ment the coaches and play­ers are proud to have on their re­sumes.

“It’s un­be­liev­able,” said Al­covy boys coach Michael Ebel. “The im­prove­ment we’ve had in one year is un­be­liev­able. Our play­ers re­ally stepped it up this year.”

The de­sire to win for the Tigers was more than ev­i­dent in the first half. Al­covy’s de­fense and mid­field con­trolled the game, al­low­ing the Ea­gles (4-8, 0-4) only one shot on goal in the en­tire half.

The lone score of the game came at the 12-minute mark off the foot of Al­covy’s Gene

Mandi Singer/The Cov­ing­ton News

Smooth moves: Gene Stolp drib­bles past East­side’s Braden Smith in Fri­day night ac­tion at Hay­more Field. The Tigers won, 1-0.

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