Coweta Cup Soccer

No. 2 East Coweta boys remain perfect, blank Northgate 2-0

by Doug Gorman

So far this season, the East Coweta Indians have been unstoppable.

On Friday night, the Northgate Vikings tried to change the scenario, but in the end, the Indians captured the Coweta Cup with a 2-0 victory at Garland Shoemake Stadium

The victory improved the Indians’ record to 11-0 overall.

East Coweta now heads to next week’s spring break ranked second in the Class AAAAAA Coaches’ poll.

“This was a big win for us,” said East Coweta head coach Todd Beldon. “We just have to keep working, but we think we can make a pretty good run.”

Northgate dropped to 5-6.

East Coweta has now won the Coweta Cup three straight years.

“It is always good to win this,” Beldon said. “We have always had a good rivalry with Newnan, now it is starting to get that way with Northgate. It got a little bit dicey out there at times, but we were able to keep our composure and come out on top.”

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The Indians have turned in stellar performances all season. East Coweta has shutout five of its 11 opponents, including four in a row.

The Indians set up their showdown with Northgate with a 2-0 win over rival Newnan earlier in the week to secure the Area 3-AAAAAA championship.

Northgate entered the contest trying to shake off a 3-2 loss to Newnan in its first Coweta Cup match this week.

Already leading 1-0, East Coweta added some much needed insurance when Ian Antley struck for the second score of the night nine minutes into the second half. Antley fired the ball from just inside the box for the Indians second goal of the game and the 2-0 lead.

East Coweta had plenty of chances in the first 23 minutes, but Northgate goaltender Omar Cortez made five saves.

Conner Antley challenged Cortez on three shots but was turned away on several key shots on net.

After stopping East Coweta chances several times in the first 36 minutes, the Indians caught the first break when Northgate knocked the ball in its own net. The miscue gave East Coweta a 1-0 lead at the end of the first half.

Northgate’s Jamie Skalski had an opportunity to tie the game right before the end of the half, putting the final shot just over the top of the crossbar. Earlier in the first half, Skalski had the first shot on net for the Vikings, but it was turned away by Luke Oesterle.

Northgate nearly tied the game just two minutes into the second period when Jonathan Cortez dribbled in uncontested and shot the ball into the East Coweta goal, but he was called for being offsides.

He had another chance a few minutes later when he fired a direct kick on goal from about 25-yards out.

Cortez kept the pressure on the East Coweta net throughout the second half, but could capitalize. His best opportunity came late in the second half when it appeared he had a clear shot on net, but a three East Coweta defenders converged on the ball and sent it back down field.



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