GHSA Boys Soccer
East Coweta rolls into 2nd round
by Doug Gorman
The second-ranked East Coweta Indians soccer team showed they can play without twin standouts Ian and Conner Antley.
When they are in the lineup, however, magical things begin to happen.
Wednesday afternoon, the Indians’ leading scorers sat out the first 20 minutes of the Class AAAAAA playoff opener against visting Alcovy before finally entering the contest and helping put the finishing touches on an 8-0 victory.
“It’s good to get through that first-round,” said East Coweta head coach Todd Beldon, who held the brothers on the bench to start the game. “You just never know what is going to happen. I remind our kids that we can’t overlook anybody.”
The win improved the undefeated Indians’ record to 17-0-1. Alcovy finished its year with an 8-9 record.
East Coweta plays at home next Wednesday in the Class AAAAAA Sweet 16 against the winner of the Campbell-Camden County game.
“Our field is a little banged up, but it is good to know we are going to be home again next week,” Beldon said.
With the Mercer University-bound soccer players out of the lineup, the Indians gave their fans a preview of next year with several solid shots on goal.
A couple of them nearly found the back of the net, but Alcovy goaltender Shawn Trowbridge kept the game close early with some acrobatic saves
Beldon isn’t surprised his team played with plenty of energy even with the Antley’s sitting out for more than 20 minutes.
“We have a good squad,” he said. “We were looking at this year, maybe note even having them because of the (soccer) Academy (they are involved in). So we were thinking ahead. Conner has been hurt too, so we weren’t even sure we were going to have him.”
East Coweta built a 2-0 lead at the end of the first haf and scored six more times in the final 40-minutes to advance to the second round.
The Antley’s finished the game with a hattrick each.
Todd Davis and Zac Slaton also added goals for the Indians en route to the victory.
Ian Antley started the scoring for the Indians’ putting the shot past Throwbridge less than seven minutes after checking into the game.
He scored his second goal of the contest with just over two minutes left before the break.
Davis got into the scoring act for the Indians eight minutes into the second half when he added the Indians third goal of the contest.
His score opened the offensive floodgates for the Indians.
East Coweta scored five times in a span of 30 minutes to put the game out of reach.
The Indians pushed the lead to 4-0 just two minutes after Davis’ goal as Ian pushed the ball to Conner for the 4-0 lead.
The fifth goal came as Conner sent a corner kick toward the Alcovy goal. Ian timed the shot just right and headed into the back of the net for a 5-0 lead 21 minutes into the second half.
Slaton increased the lead to 6-0 23 seconds later with his goal.
Conner Antley closed out the scoring with the final two goals of the game.
With 7:10 remaining in the contest, he was pulled down inside the box, setting up the penalty kick that went into the back of the goal untouched.
The final goal of the game came with 2:01 left to play when Conner completed his hat trick. Just seconds earlier Terrence Lewis banged his show off the post, nearly miss a goal.
The Indians finished the game with 30 shots. Alcovy added eight.