H.L. Bourgeois dominates South Terrebonne
Tue. November 20, 2012 at 10:59 a.m. | By Keyon Jeff/Sports Correspondent
H.L. Bourgeois’ Jarred Matherne (5) and South Terrebonne’s Conner Plessala (33) battle for the ball during Monday’s match in Houma. (Photo by Keyon K. Jeff/Correspondent)
H.L. Bourgeois put together a total team effort in a 6-1 win over South Terrebonne on Monday night at Thomas B. Smith Memorial Stadium.
Four different player scored as the Braves dominated possession of the ball and outshot the Gators 30 to 11, including 18 shots on goal to four.
"We spread the ball around and played our style of soccer," Braves coach Darrell Hines said. "A lot of team dynamics that weren't there the last game, but now it's coming together good."
It took the Braves (1-1 overall) two minutes to get on the scoreboard after Blake Doiron dribbled the ball up the left sideline and booted it from 10 yards out pass Gators goalie Dominic Ordoyne (nine saves).
In the 38th minute, Jarred Matherne punted a 20-yard shot in the upper left corner to give H.L. Bourgeois a 2-0 lead at intermission.
"We had some opportunities early in the match but couldn't put it in the net," South Terrebonne coach Archie Adams said. "I think that could have helped us if we had gotten those goals early. They're playing hard and that's all I ask."
In the 46th minute, Alex Mandina took a cross from Doiron and pooched the ball in the lower right corner to increase the Braves' lead to 3-0.
The Gators (1-2) got it lone score in the 49th minute. Despite there being a dozen players in front of the net, Cullen Bergeron was able to hook a corner kick inside of Braves goaltender Nick Dumont (three saves).
"That's pretty rare to go in by itself," Adams said. "He put a nice bend on it and just shoehorned it in the corner."
Bourgeois netted the final trio of goals in impressive fashion. Mandina followed up a deflected pass with a 10-yard shot in the 52nd minute. Rod Bonvillain blasted a 25-yarder over Ordoyne's outstretched arms in the 67th minute. Lastly, in the 80th minute, Matherne booted a free kick from the penalty box on the last play of the game.
"This game we got better spacing to the outside. I changed the positions that couple of our guys played," Hines said. "We finished off the ball, and they spread it around. Everybody got some scores and a looked happy."
While Adams liked the hustle the Gators showed, he said it will take time to see the kind of improvement needed to compete with better squads.
"We need to watch good teams like we played H.L. They communicate, they talk to each other," he said. "But that comes with time, and we have to play a few more games together to reach that point."
For Hines, he hopes to have found a winning formula to carry the Braves forward.
"We got three games next week, so I'm hoping that this build momentum toward those games," he said. "Three games in one week is going to be hard, but I think we can pull it off."
H.L. BOURGEOIS 3, SOUTH TERREBONNE 0 (GIRLS)
At Houma, Catherine Schexnayder netted a hat trick to improve the Lady Braves record to 3-1-1.
After a scoreless first half, Schexnayder scored goals in the 42nd, 43rd and 50th minutes.
The Lady Gators (3-3) were outshot 24 (16 on goal) to four (two on goal).
H.L. Bourgeois goaltender Ruth Gautreaux made two saves, while South Terrebonne goaltenders Megan Trosclair and Kelsey Blanchard made eight and three saves, respectively.