Meridian Star

February 1, 2014

Newton County shuts down North Pike

Special to The Star
The Meridian Star

MERIDIAN —     Newton County set the standard Friday with a 6-0 shutout win against North Pike in first round 4A boys prep soccer action.

    “We felt very good going  into the game,” said Cougars coach Sam Wilson. “We played one of our better games and it showed.”

    The Cougars got on the board first with a Will Stewart corner kick at the 18-minute mark in the first half. Lane Carey had the assist.

    The Cougars’ next goal came at the 23-minute mark off the foot of Kellen Clark.

    Bryden kept the offensive onslaught going scoring on a penalty kick at the 33-minute mark.

    The Cougars’ fourth goal of the game came at the 55-minute mark off the foot of Cesar Diaz.

    At the 66-minte mark, John Mark Vincent scored the Cougars’ sixth goal with an assist from Reed.

    Newton County’s Rocky Goodin closed out the scoring with a goal at the 73-minute mark.

    Tanner Elders went the distance in goal for the Couagrs securing the shutout.

    Next up for the Cougars is a second round battle at St. Stanislaus today at 2 p.m.

    “Morale is great right now,” said Wilson. “Going farther is our ultimate goal. St. Stanislaus is a solid team. It’s going to come down to who can make the play when it counts.

Newton County girls    4

North Pike    0

    Newton County’s girls took their own shutout win Friday in 4A state playoffs. The Cougars took down North Pike 4-0.

    Maggie Luke had six saves in goal for the Cougars.

    All of the Couagrs’ goals came in the second half.

    Triniere Walker was on target with the first goal. Next, Josie Hurst scored on a header from Jera Brand.

    Newton County’s third goal came off the foot o Hurst. Chloe Gressett closed out the scoring for the Cougars off an assist from Walker.

    The Cougars are hosting Northeast Jones today at 6 p.m. in second round playoff action.