BY Chris Goltermann
East Coweta’s boys soccer team turned to Noah Shumake on both ends of penalty kicks and the senior came through for the Indians in a hard-fought 2-1 victory to thwart Wheeler to open Region 2-7A play on Tuesday
In what is expected to be another heated race for four state-playoff berths among six schools, East Coweta teams both were able to start region play with victories.
The Lady Indians dominated a 6-0 effort while pushing an unbeaten streak to eight games dating back to their season opener against Alpharetta on Feb. 5.
It was also the fourth shutout over the span for East Coweta’s girls, now 7-1-1 overall, while coming off a 3-3 tie against Class 6A No. 2 state-ranked Harrison.
East Coweta’s boys, however, had a tougher road to victory against Wheeler on Tuesday while able to snap a three-game losing streak.
Shumake scored the Indians’ only goal in regulation as a tie game carried into PKs, then both made a key save and scored on his PK attempt to help stave off the Wildcats (4-5, 1-2).
In other Region 2-7A action on Tuesday, Newnan’s boys suffered its first loss of the season in a tough 2-1 decision on the road at Pebblebrook. The No. 7 state-ranked Falcons (9-1) avenged last year’s loss to the Cougars at Drake Stadium.
Newnan’s boys, at 5-1-2 overall and 1-1 in Region 2-7A, now look to rebound tonight at home against No. 10 Campbell in a second straight matchup against a state-ranked region opponent.
The Lady Cougars, meanwhile, stayed tough defensively in a 2-0 win over Pebblebrook for their fourth consecutive victory.
The win pushed girls’ record to 7-2 overall and 2-0 in 2-7A
East Coweta hosts Pebblebrook on Friday in a region doubleheader.