The Newnan Times-Herald


County lineups use victories to prime for playoffs

  • By The Newnan Times-Herald
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  • Apr. 17, 2019 - 3:17 PM

With region schedules completed, local soccer lineups remained busy this week while tuning-up for upcoming GHSA State Tournament openers.

They included Newnan’s sweep of Chapel Hill.

A 7-1 rout on the road by the Cougars closed out a 12-1-2 regular season. Newnan’s boys now get a chance to open the state playoffs at home for the first time since 2011 as the No. 2 seed out oF Region 2-7A.

The Lady Cougars closed out their home schedule on Thursday against Carrollton after improving to 8-7 with a win over Chapel Hill.

Newnan’s girls will travel as the No. 4 seed out of Region 2-7A.

Northgate boys and girls lineups will also be at home to open the Class 6A  tournament as respective No. 2 seeds from Region 5.

The Lady Vikings tied Carrollton 4-4 at home, while the Vikings came up short against a state-ranked Trojans team in Class 5A, falling 3-0.

East Coweta’s girls are assured of home field advantage at least through the opening two rounds of the GHSA Class 7A tournament.

Both of its teams stepped out of region play Tuesday night and swept Pike County in a pair of dominating performances.

In a battle of two teams which won their regular-season region titles, the Lady Indians defeated Pike County 4-1.

The East Coweta boys scored early and often in both halves, flexing its offensive muscle en route to a 9-2 victory.

The Lady Indians led 2-0 at the end of the first half, scoring twice in the first 11 minutes of the contest.

East Coweta set the tone early in the contest when Hailey Johnson feed the ball to Adriana Garcia for the game’s first scoring chance.

Ellie Watson also had a shot on goal three minutes into the game.

The Lady Indians found the back of the net for the first goal of the game when Hailey Davis took a pass from Laney Steed for a 1-0 lead.

Watson increased the Lady Indians lead to 2-0.

The Lady Indian kept the pressure on the Lady Pirates end of the net in the second half.

Steed scored twice in the first 17 minutes of the second half to increase the lead to 4-0

Her first goal came 14 minutes into the contest, and she added a second goal less than four minutes later on an assist from Brookelyn Still.

The Lady Pirates prevented the shutout when they scored with 13:39 left in the game.

Even with the comfortable three-goal lead, the Lady Indians kept the pressure up and nearly converted a couple more scoring chances.

Steed nearly scored again off a corner kick opportunity and her  pass to Jordan Dunn banged off the crossbar.

The Lady Indians, who ended the region portion of their schedule as a No. 1 seed heading into the playoffs, improved their overall record to 14-2-1 with a final regular-season game at Whitewater scheduled for Thursday.

Tuesday night’s boys game started out with plenty of fireworks with five shots finding the mark in the first 20 minutes of the game.

The Indians built a 3-0 lead in the contest before the Pirates countered with two goals of their own.

After Pike temporarily slowed down the Indians, East Coweta ended the contest with six-straight scores.

Michael Alrutz started the scoring for East Coweta less than five minutes into the game on a pass from senior Andrew Wilson.

The score came after Wilson and Noah Shumake nearly converted chances.

East Coweta added two more goals just four minutes apart when Nick Walker and Josh Milam gave the Indians a 3-0 lead.

For a time, it looked like the Pirates were going to make a game of it scoring twice.

There first goal ame with 24:24 left in the first half.

The Pirates cut the lead to 3-2 with 20:13 left.

East Coweta cooled off the Pike offense with two more goals before the end of the first half to build a 5-2 lead at the break.

The Indians increased the margin to 4-2 getting a little help from Pike’s sloppy defense.

The Pirates were unable to clear the ball out of their own end and helped put the ball in their own goal.

Cristo Gonzalez increased the lead to 5-2 at the break.

The Indians put an end to any thoughts Pike might have had at a second-half comeback when Tyler Stewart scored less than a minute into the second half for a 6-2 lead.

Wilson’s score pushed the lead to 7-2 and Matthew Allen converted on a penalty kick for a 8-2 lead.

The Indians put an exclamation point on the victory when senior Francisco Duarte — back from an extended injury — completed the scoring.

East Coweta won its fourth in a row and improved to 8-9 heading into the final regular-season game against Whitewater.