E.A. Sports Today

Faith splashes past Donoho

UPDATED: Lions on firm footing for playoffs; Jacksonville’s girls score area shutout

By Mike Pruitt
For East Alabama Sports Today

The match between Faith Christian and Donoho was scheduled to be played at Donoho but was moved to Faith because of standing water. So, instead of playing the game in standing water, it was played in several puddles.

The Lions kept their footing to play solid defense and got goals from three players to beat the Falcons 3-1.

“Perhaps this will be a game the kids talk about in years to come,” Faith coach Erik McDaniel said. “You know, ‘Hey, remember the Mud Bowl of 2015 out at Faith during Easter weekend?’

“The kids from both teams did well considering the playing conditions. Also, we’re one step closer to securing a spot in the state playoffs.”

Ryan Crosby, Josiah McDaniel and Tyler Johnson scored goals for Faith (8-1, 4-1 area). Goalie Caleb McCord had five saves.

Mitchell Baker scored Donoho’s only goal late in the second half. Falcons keeper, Chandler Collins, had eight saves.

“Our defense played well but we needed more offense,” Falcons coach Matthew Wright said. “We started slow in the first half but played better in the second half.

“We are still young with only one senior this year. We are looking forward to next season and we should be much better. Faith is a very good team and I think that they could win state.”

Jacksonville girls 6, Crossville 0

CROSSVILLE — Ashton Wells scored two goals and keeper Matti Lowery recorded 12 saves in posting another shutout as the second-ranked Golden Eagles (11-2) scored an area victory.

Cindee Tang had a goal and an assist, while Virginia Poe, Brooklyn Hosch and Abby Cockrell also scored. Elizabeth Poe was credited with two assists and Queenteeria Mooney one.

The shutout was Lowery’s eighth of the season and 46th of her career. She now has 144 saves this season, 640 in her career.

The Golden Eagles return to action Monday at home against Guntersville.

The Jacksonville boys were shut out by Crossville 2-0.

On the cover: Faith coach Erik McDaniel watches his team in a recent match.

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