East Coweta sophomore Laney Steed scored six goals — five in the first half — to lead the Lady Indians soccer team to a 6-0 victory over the No. 10 state-ranked Campbell High Lady Spartans Friday evening in Region 2-AAAAAAA action at Garland Shoemake Memorial Stadium.
Steed — the 2016 Newnan Times-Herald Girls Newcomer of the Year — picked up right where she left off last season, seemingly scoring at will when given chances. Steed’s six goals are the most by an EC girls soccer player since former Lady Indians player Malorie Rutledge scored nine in a match nearly 12 years ago.
EC won its first region match to improve to 7-1 overall and 1-0 in the region while Campbell’s girls fall to 5-2, 1-1.
“I never scored six goals in a match before. That was pretty nice,” Steed said. “We wanted to win this match badly. Last year, Campbell beat us 4-1, and we wanted to prove that we’re not the same team.”
Steed imposed her will on the state-ranked Lady Spartans right from the start Friday, scoring her first goal at the 29:00 mark of the first half thanks to a Brittany Dunnavant assist. Ten minutes later, Steed scored off an Ellie Watson corner kick for the 2-0 lead.
The first half ended with Steed scoring the match’s next three goals. Her third goal was off a long shot, followed by a header over the outstretched hands of Campbell keeper Ashi Kathuria, and nice shot from 20 feet out for the 5-0 halftime lead.
Campbell sophomore Lauryn Oliver got some shots in the second half, but they were engulfed by EC senior keeper Samantha Hoffman. Hoffman finished with 11 saves on the evening and recorded the team’s seventh shutout this season.
Steed made some nice moves down field and booted a shot into the back of the net at the 21:49 mark for the 6-0 final margin.
“It’s awesome to get our first region win over Campbell,” Steed said. “We did a great job redeeming ourselves.”
Next for the Lady Indians is a home match at 6 p.m. Tuesday against non-region opponent Pike County High.
Campbell 3, East Coweta 0 (boys): The East Coweta Indians played a strong match, especially in the first half, but the No. 6 state-ranked Campbell Spartans were just too much for the home team.
Campbell remained undefeated for the season with the 3-0 win over the East Coweta Indians Friday night in a Region 2-AAAAAAA match at Shoemake Stadium.
Campbell improved to 7-0 overall and 2-0 in region play while the Indians dropped to 3-5, 0-1.
The Spartans played well defensively and scored 20 minutes into the match thanks to a goal from Miguel Rodriguez for the 1-0 lead. The Indians held firm after that, and the score remained 1-0 at the half.
Campbell scored five minutes into the second half on a goal by Charlie Manuel, but EC kept putting pressure on the Spartans. Indians’ freshman Matthew Allen nearly had a rebound goal, but Campbell keeper Yinka Afolabi made a great one-handed save to knock the ball out of the net and preserve the shutout.
Campbell’s Alberto Jasso scored with eight minutes left in the match for the final 3-0 margin. The Indians had only four shots on goal Friday, and senior keeper Brian Green had seven saves for the Indians, who host non-region foe Pike County at 8 p.m. Tuesday.