Prep Soccer: East Coweta splits with Carrollton
By DOUG GORMAN
East Coweta’s soccer teams split a pair of non-region games Wednesday against visiting Carrollton.
The Indians improved their record to 2-0 with a 3-1 victory, while the girls fell to 1-1 after a 4-1 loss.
“That was huge,” said East Coweta head coach Todd Beldon. “If he doesn’t make that save, we are down 1-0 and they have the momentum.”
It wasn’t the last time the recent Georgia State signee turned away the Trojans’ chances to put the ball in the back of the net.
“I really think he is going to do some big things for us,” Beldon said.
Oesterle’s play in goal inspired the the Indians’ offense.
Paced by twins Conner and Ian Antley, East Coweta scored twice midway through first half to build a 2-0 lead at the break.
“The twins are great, what can you say,” Beldon added of the Mercer University signees. “They just make things happen for us.”
Ian Antley helped put the Indians up 1-0 with 14:32 in the first half when he successfully connected on a penalty kick.
A little more than 11 minutes later, Conner Antley gave the Indians a 2-0 lead when he headed the ball into the back of the net for the final goal of the first half
East Coweta added an insurance goal with 33:47 left in the game when Todd Davis converted the second header of the game.
The Trojans seized the early in the second half forcing the East Coweta defense to tighten up.
Oesterle’s diving save stopped a shot by Tyler Edwards with 30:01 left in the game to temporarily preserve the shutout.
Edwards finally connected on the only goal of the game for the Trojans, when he stole the ball and converted the East Coweta turnover into a goal with 27:26 left in the game.
The Indians appeared to go up 4-1 late in the contest, but Ian Antley’s header into the back of the net was called off when he was ruled offsides.
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Lady Trojans 4, Lady Indians 1: East Coweta head girls coach Chris Luppens knows his team has some growing up to do.
With a roster full of underclassmen that includes five sophomores and six freshmen and not a lot of practice time because of the winter break and rainy weather, the Lady Indians are still trying to come together as a team.
It showed last night as the squad gave up two goals in each half and never seemed to challenge the Lady Trojans.
East Coweta has only practiced twice in three weeks head coach Chris Luppens knows it showed Wednesday night.
“I think it is just a matter of us coming together as a team,” he said. “We have good players, we just have to find the right chemistry.”
The Lady Trojans grabbed the momentum just minutes into the game when Falan Kizungg scored on a high-shot that found its way into the top of the goal.
Lauren Dressanker made it 2-0 with 10:27 left in the game.
The Lady Indians scored their only goal of the game with two minutes left as Serenity Waters cut the lead to 2-1.
Dressanker and Anna Camp scored for the Lady Trojans in the second half.
“When we win its goes to the girls, when we lose it’s on me, we just have to regroup,” Luppens said.