Covington's Lady Charger soccer team opened the campaign with a 12-0 road whitewash of the Jackson Central-Merry Lady Cougars on Aug. 21.
Iesha Tipton picked up where she left off last season, almost recording a double hat trick with five goals. Maddie Miller added a pair and Chelsea Dye, Natasha Kent, Hannah Howard, Haylee Timberlake and Madison Miller added a goal each in the rout.
"This is a good start to the year," said head coach Robert Luttrell. "We were able to play the second team for all of the second half to get them more game experience."
With five returning starters, Luttrell is pleased with the athleticism on the field, but tempers his expectations as several new starters are playing soccer for the first time.
"I'm optimistic and as positive as I've ever been about a group. They work harder than any group I have coached in the past," he said.
The addition of new assistant coach Scott Ray allows Luttrell to develop more players. Ray is instrumental in player conditioning.
"Jackson Christian is on our side of an 11 team district," Luttrell said. "They will be tough as they return all of the players who went to state last season. But we are not afraid of anybody. If we play up to capabilities, we'll be tough to beat."
Covington beat Jackson North Side on Monday 3-2.
"We were out of sorts in the first half on Monday night against Jackson North Side," Luttrell said.
Down 2-0 at the break, Covington outshot the Lady Indians 14-2 in the period, getting their first goal from Tipton as she was pushed to the ground, sandwiched between two defenders.
Anne Marie Van Cleve provided the other two goals, both "laser shots," according to Luttrell, from 18 yards out. The game winner came with 10 minutes left.
CHS is 2-0 (2-0,15AA) headed into this week's play.
Covington opens the home season tonight at home at 5:30 against Ripley. They host Jackson South Side at 5:30 p.m. on Sept. 2.