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Lady Braves pick up 3-0 win

MATHEWS — For 47 minutes, H.L. Bourgeois and Central Lafourche played dead even. Both teams got shots, both teams pressured the other's goal, and both played tight defense in the box, repelling each attack.

But then H.L. Bourgeois' Faylee Sokolowski hit one of the shots she had barely been missing, and then hit another less than a minute later, for a 3-0 win on Friday.

Both teams were strong in a scoreless first half. The ball moved up and down the field as neither team could solve the other's defense. H.L. Bourgeois almost scored in the eighth minute when a Sokowloski shot grazed the crossbar and went just high.

Central Lafouche put pressure on H.L. Bourgeois' defense but only got a few shots off. The Lady Braves threatened more consistently, but goalie Alexis Monfra took care of anything that got past the Lady Trojan inside defense.

"We made some tactical changes because the girls were not playing together as a group," H.L. Bourgeois coach Bruno Habasque said. "And it worked out."

H.L. Bourgeois went on the attack in the second half. Another Sokowloski shot went high, and Catherine Schexnayder's shot went wide. Monfra defended two more before Sokolowski took a pass from Meghan Stevens and put it in.

"Meghan dropped it back to me, and I was able to make the cut and see the goal," Sokowloski said.

Less than a minute later, Central was late on defense and Sokowloski broke through for an unassisted goal."

"Minor errors, and I know I can fix them," Monfra said. "On the second one, nobody dropped back and I didn't have any help."

Sokowloski completed the hat trick on a header off a corner kick from Tandy Dubois in the final minute.

"We opened the midfield, but H.L. Bourgeois has really improved a lot," Lady Trojans coach Muhamed Hammadi said. "But (Sokowloski) had some really great shots."

The win was especially gratifying for Habasque, who has for years been trying, unsuccessfully, to beat a team coached by his long time friend Hammadi.

"It feels really good," Habasque said. "I was off last year and came back this year, but for three years before that, I could never beat him. It feels good."