Prep Soccer: Milton sweeps East Coweta

BY DOUG GORMAN
dgorman@newnan.com
The Milton Lady Eagles didn’t let a long bus ride or a late start get to them Friday night as they rolled past East Coweta 9-0.
It was just the Lady Indians’ second loss of the year.
In a game that kicked off nearly an hour later than originally scheduled, Milton showed why it’s the No.-1 ranked team in the Class AAAAA coaches’ poll building a 3-0 lead in the first half and then rolling to past the eighth ranked Indians with a explosive display of offense in the second half.
“They are definitely a quality program,” East Coweta coach Chris Luppens said. “I am definitely disappointed in the scoreboard, I am not disappointed in the effort, and the experience.”
Milton finished the sweep with a 4-1 victory in the boys contest.
Both teams came into Friday night’s contest with 13-1 records, and state rankings.
East Coweta captured the Coweta Cup right before spring break and also the Region 2-AAAAA title.
The Lady Indians displayed stingy defense through its first 14 games, allowing just four goals, but they were no match for the top-ranked Lady Eagles.

“It’s kind of like reading a book on history,” Luppens said “When you go there and experience it, it is completely different.”

Milton scored its first goal of the game at the 28 minute mark when MacKenzie Bailey found the mark for her team’s first goal of the game.

The Lady Eagles added some insurance late in the half, scoring two goals less than 34 seconds apart when Sanna Levine and Callie O’Connor gave Milton a 3-0 lead with four minutes to go in the first half.

Milton operated like a well-oiled machine in the second half and it translated into six goals.

Levine took a pass from Nora Elshami down the center of the field for her second goal of the game early in the second half for a 4-0 lead.

That score proved to be the crushing blow for the Lady Indians.

“I think once they scored that fourth goal, it that what really hurt our confidence,” Luppens said.

Elshami wasn’t done. She also finished with a hat trick scoring the next two goals for the Lady Eagles.

Levine also had a hat trick for Milton.

East Coweta had its chances early as Nikki Brandley dribbled into the box for a solid offensive scoring chance with 25:47 remaining in the first half, but she was denied a chance to put the ball into the back of the next.

Five minutes later, she had a the Lady Indians’ first shot on goal, but it was turned away when Milton keeper Tori Stajduhar made a the save for the Lady Eagles.

Serenity Waters had a scoring opportunity for the Lady Indians late in the first half but again Lady Eagles defense rose to the occasion.

Taylor McDermott also had good scoring chance in the first half for the Lady Indians.

“We made some mistakes tonight, but win lose or draw, we have excellent young ladies,” Luppens said. “We will rebound from this.”

The Lady Eagles still have three tough test remaining before heading to the playoffs. East Coweta plays at Brookwood (April 17), at home against Collins Hill (April 20) and at home against Alexander (April 24).

BOYS – Milton 4, East Coweta 1
The East Coweta boys fell to 13-2 Friday night with just their second loss of the year.

Milton game into the game with just a 7-8 record, but broke the Indians 12-game winning streak.



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