Slide stop­pers

Al­covy girls top­ple ri­val East­side for first time

The Covington News - - Sports - BRYAN FAZIO Sports Ed­i­tor

A four-goal sec­ond half is pretty spe­cial.

It be­comes ex­tra spe­cial when the feat leads to a pro­gram first. That’s ex­actly what hap­pened Fri­day night as the Al­covy girls’ soc­cer team beat its cross-town ri­vals East­side 5-2.

Prior to Fri­day, the Lady Tigers had never beaten the Ea­gles, the clos­est com­ing a year ago to the tune of a 2-2 tie. Well, that never can never be said again.

“This is huge,” Al­covy coach Phil David­son said. “The se­niors re­ally wanted to come back and win it this year.”

They did ex­actly that, fo­cus­ing all day not on set­ting a first but pick­ing up a big win af­ter fall­ing 10-0 to Union Grove on Tues­day.

“They were just fired up,” Da- vid­son said. “They were re­ally fired up all day long and look­ing for­ward to the game.”

Sage Fuller started it off, putting a goal in the net to give the Tigers a 1-0 lead in the first half. The first half was a con­tentious one for the Lady Tigers, who were just kick­ing it up field and hop­ing to find an open run­ner.

The sec­ond half was a dif­fer­ent story

The Lady Tigers played a pos­ses­sion game in the final 40 min­utes, work­ing the ball up through their mid­field­ers along the out­side of the pitch.

That led to an­other goal by Fuller, fol­lowed by three more Al­covy scores be­fore East­side could find the net.

“I just told them to keep play- ing like they were play­ing in the first half,” David­son said. “We have not played well so far this sea­son, and they put it all to­gether in this game.

“The girls moved the ball well, and pos­sessed it well. It paid off for us at the end.”

Mary Ruth Davis put Al­covy ahead 3-0 be­fore Alex Jor­dan added a fourth goal. Mor­gan Ed­dle­man capped the Lady Tigers’ scor­ing on a header off a corner kick from the right side.

East­side spoiled the shutout with 5:47 to play as Vic­to­ria Re­ich scored up the mid­dle. She struck again with 2:56 to play on a ball that went just past Al­covy keeper Marie Peck’s hands.

It was the sev­enth shot on Peck in the game, with five go­ing for saves.

“She kept them out un­til those cou­ple of goals at the end,” David­son said. “She re­ally helps our de­fense.”

Bryan Fazio/ The Cov­ing­ton News

Al­covy's girls topped East­side for the first time in school his­tory Fri­day thanks to four goals in the sec­ond half.

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