By Doug Gorman
The Eagle's Landing Lady Golden Eagles' soccer team had to wait out a 48-hour delay, but Friday night the team made a little bit of school history.
With its 6-1 victory over Effingham County in the Class AAAAA state soccer tournament, Eagle's Landing advanced past the first round for the first time ever.
Eagle's Landing and Effingham County were supposed to get together Wednesday, but thunderstorms and drenching rains delayed the match until Friday night.
It was almost as if Eagle's Landing made Effingham County pay for the postponement.
Sophomore Hayley Ferrell scored less than a minute into the game and that kicked the Lady Golden Eagles' offense into overdrive.
Eagle's Landing connected on three goals in each half and totally dominated play on both ends of the field.
Ferrell, who led the way with four goals and one assist, was just glad to get the first-round game out of the way.
"We were really disappointed we couldn't play the other night," she said. "Our adrenaline was really flowing early. It was good to get that quick goal."
The Eagle's Landing public address announcer spent much of the night calling out the names of Ferrell and teammate Lauren Harris?with good reason.
Together the duo and next door neighbors accounted for five of the Lady Golden Eagles' six goals.
"Sometimes it's like we are on the same page," said Harris. "We have been playing together for awhile."
Laura Draize added the other goal for Eagle's Landing, with Ferrell assisting on that score.
Eagle's Landing wasted little time splitting a stunned Effingham County defense on the Lady Golden Eagles' first trip down the field.
Ferrell went in untouched and on the first shot of the game put the ball in the back of the next. Harris was given an assist on the open goal after feeding the ball to Ferrell for a 1-0 Lady Golden Eagles' lead.
"It was great to score that quickly," said Eagle's Landing head coach Dorsey Rice. "I think that helped loosen us up."
Nearly 10 minutes later, Eagle's Landing made it 2-0 when Draize scored off a corner kick on an assist from Ferrell.
Eagle's Landing put a little breathing room between itself and Effingham County when Ferrell scored for the second time. That score gave Eagle's Landing a 3-0 lead at the break.
About nine minutes into the second half, Eagle's Landing's dynamic duo connected again with Ferrell scoring a goal from Harris for a 4-0 lead.
Effingham County scored seconds later for its only goal of the game to cut the margin to 4-1.
Eagle's Landing's fifth goal came when Ferrell and Harris reversed roles. This time, it was Harris scoring and Ferrell passing the ball for the assist.
The two Eagle's Landing sophomores combined for one more goal to put the wraps on a 6-1 win.
It doesn't get any easier for Eagle's Landing as its meets No.-4 ranked Starr's Mill Tuesday night in the second round of the Class AAAAA tourney in a time to be announced.
Eagle's Landing will host the Lady Panthers, but Rice knows his team will have to be on top of its game despite its home-field advantage.
"We have to play our game," said Rice. "We can't have any breakdowns."