Coweta Cup Soccer
Newnan boys outlast Northgate 3-2 in penalty kicks
by Doug Gorman
The Newnan Cougars and the Northgate Vikings had plenty of chances to take control of Wednesday’s Coweta Cup soccer match, but they needed penalty kicks to decide the outcome.
In the end, the Cougars came out on top of the scoreboard winning the match 3-2.
Newnan earned the victory connecting on six of its penalty kicks, while Northgate managed to hit on just five.
The Vikings added penalty-kick goals from Jamie Skalski, Stephen Baxley, Levi Lewis, Cooper Morrison and Montana Lewis, while Nick Pelerose, Conner Cox, Tyler Mulvenna, Fletcher Hall, Hunter Spradlin and Brandon Wulf, added penalty kick goals for the Cougars.
The Cougars set themselves up to win the match after goal keeper Danquez Sinkfield made a diving stop on on the Vikings last attempt. Wulf then stepped up and booted the ball into the back of the net for the Cougars’ game winner.
With the win, Newnan breaks a three-game losing streak and improves its overall record to 7-5. The loss dropped Northgate to 5-5 on the year.
Newnan took a 2-1 lead 13 minutes into the second half when Hall scored for the Cougars.
Less than two minutes later, Skalski tied the game for Northgate.
Northgate had taken a 1-0 lead 33 minutes into the contest. Levi Lewis scored the unassisted goal for the Vikings on a shot from about 20 yards away. For Lewis the goal marked his return to the field after missing the first part of the season with a broken leg.
The two offenses were just starting to heat up.
Newnan tied the game less than a minute later when Cox dribbled around the Vikings' defense for the Cougars' first goal of the game.
The Cougars’ Pelerose had a couple of scoring chances in the first half, but he was turned away by the Vikings’ defense.
Cox and Lewis had chances for their team in the waning moments of the first half.
Newnan’s Sinkfield and Omar Cortez each made key saves in the first half to keep the ball from ending up in the net.
(To view photos from this game, please visit photos.times-herald.com/mycapture and click on Sports for the Photo Gallery.)
Northgate and East Coweta now meet Friday in the final day of the Coweta Cup.
The Indians started the tournament on Monday with a 2-0 victory over Newnan as Ian and Conner Antley each collected goals en route to the East Coweta victory.
East Coweta comes into the contest ranked second in the Class AAAAAA poll.