Dilan Sayer’s free kick barely spun as it knuckled past the outstretched arms of Hartselle’s keeper. Sayer blasted his free kick from the edge of the box with 26 seconds remaining in the game to give East a 1-0 win over Hartselle Tuesday.
Sayer’s goal was the only score in a game that saw both teams come close to breaking the deadlock numerous times. It was Sayer’s 17th goal in just 12 games this season. The Indians had 17 shots throughout the game while Hartselle fired 11 shots at the East goal.
East goalkeeper Wesley Swaim earned the shutout in goal and had six saves. The win moves East to 3-0 in section play this season and 7-2-3 overall. East Limestone will host undefeated Athens (9-0-1) Thursday at 5:30 p.m. for another section contests. The winner of this game has determined the section champion for the past three seasons.
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East Limestone girls team picked up a pivotal area win Tuesday with a 1-0 victory over Hartselle. East moved the ball well, but were unable to find the net until Jordan Runion slid one past an aggressive Hartselle keeper in the second half.
“Over the last couple of years coach Roberts (Hartselle's coach) has had success with a very defensive philosophy and we were coming off a tournament where my defensive backs were all-tournament selections,” said East Limestone head coach Brad Carwile. “This is exactly the type of game that I expected. To add to the fire, the two previous matches went to PK shootouts with us fortunately winning both and now both squads are in the same section.”
Skyla Whitfield had three saves against 11 Hartselle shots and earned the shutout in the net for East. East improved to 2-0 in area play and 7-4-3 for the season. East Limestone’s next game will be a home game against Athens at 5:30 p.m. on Monday, March 18.