Prep Soccer: Eagles thump Thomasville in shutout
Thursday night marked a series of firsts for several players on the field during East Davidson's 9-0 shutout of Thomasville.
Spending her first game in goal, sophomore keeper Kathiah Alvarado performed remarkably well in the first half considering the barrage of shots coming her way. Unfortunately for the Bulldogs, it wasn't enough to contain a high-octane Golden Eagles offense.
"Their goalie was doing splits, doing everything she could to keep it out. That was impressive," said East coach Paul McIntyre. "We're learning, they're learning. I think [experience] is truly the name of the game. We had two girls score for the first time ever, my two seniors. It was important for them to get a goal tonight. We're very proud of them."
Brandy Underwood and Lindsey Reedy were among six Eagles who tallied goals, including Madi Hallman, who recorded a hat trick with three of her own. Chloe Yarbrough, Jessica Ferguson and Erin Hemric also scored.
Underwood's goal came late in the contest when she booted a penalty kick into the corner of the net.
"This girl handed it down in the box, so that was an automatic PK. I kicked it and it went in. It's really exciting," Underwood said. "I was so happy I accidentally head-butted a girl in the face when she came over and hugged me."
Thomasville coach Alan Reavis was saddened that his team's effort was not reflected in the final score, but pleased with the courage Alvarado and her teammates showed in performing under duress.
"She's played maybe half a game earlier this year, so not a whole of experience back there," Reavis said. "She was phenomenal. That was obviously one of our biggest concerns coming into the game. Like I said, she gave just a phenomenal effort.
"I'm so proud of the girls. I told them we've lost some close games this year when I've been disappointed in their effort. Tonight, it obviously wasn't close, but they hung in there and didn't give up."