Lady Eagles await Friday showdown with rival Jefferson
THE EAST Jackson girls’ soccer team hopes to keep on winning when it counts.
Skyler Cozzens provided two second-half goals Thursday night as East Jackson (4-3-1, 2-0) beat 8-AA South foe Oglethorpe County 3-2 to remain unbeaten in the subregion.
“We realized that this was going to be one of our biggest games,” Lady Eagle coach Randy Hill said.
With the game tied 1-1 in the second half, Cozzens put the Lady Eagles ahead with a goal in the 49th minute and added an insurance score in the 65th minute. Hill noted that Cozzens is returning from an injury last year.
“She’s a really quick player,” Hill said. “She’s coming off a tibia, fibula break last year … Her hustle and play definitely (was big).”
Oglethorpe County narrowed the lead to 3-2 with a goal in the 68th minute but East Jackson’s defense held up to give the Lady Eagles their second-straight win.
East Jackson led 1-0 at the half after Taylin Cozzens scored on a penalty kick in the first half.
At 2-0 in the subregion, East Jackson is a half-game out of second place in 8-AA South with a huge meeting with Jefferson (5-1, 3-0) ahead Friday. The Lady Eagles are trying to not only earn one of the four spots in the 8-AA playoffs, but also earn the best possible seeding.
“Every game in the subregion is important,” Hill said.