High School Soccer
Harrison rallies past Indians in second half
by Doug Gorman
East Coweta’s boys soccer team might remember Tuesday’s home match against the Harrison Hoyas as the one that got away.
Leading 1-0 at the end of the first half, the Indians were unable to maintain the momentum, falling to the Hoyas 2-1 in a game played in a steady downpour throughout the contest at Garland Shoemake Memorial Stadium.
Harrison stole the game with two quick scores in the second half.
East Coweta took a 1-0 nearly 15 minutes into the game when Cole Antley fed a cross to Todd Davis for a goal.
Harrison had its own chances in the first half on a couple of headers and two corner kicks.
East Coweta goalkeeper Chad Holland also made one of the best saves of the night in the first half with a leaping stop.
But the Hoyas finally tied the game on a controversial penalty kick with 21:50 remaining in the contest.
Harrison’s PK was originally waved off, when it appeared goalkeeper Holland made the save stopping play. But the Hoyas followed up on the rebound and put it in the net to tie the contest.
After officials huddled together for a minute, their ruling was the goal stood.
It took Harrison less than a minute to score the final goal of the contest.
With the loss, East Coweta dropped to 2-2 and lost for the second time in a row.
Harrison improved to 2-3-1.
Both teams made some spectacular defensive stops throughout the game, especially late, but it was the East Coweta offense that kept the pressure on the Harrison half of the field until the very end.
With a little more than 6 minutes left in the contest, Antley nearly converted two solid shots on goal.
His best opportunity came at a wide open net with 5:22 left, but the shot hooked wide.
Zac Slaton also had two solid chances to score, but the Hoyas defense again turned away the chances.
Jairo Ruiz helped lead the defensive effort for the Indians, who return to Region 3-AAAAAA play on Friday when they host Douglas County.