Changes pay off big for Tigers


Enter Tuesday's District 7-I match against South Lafourche, the Terrebonne Tigers were looking to make some changes.

"We got our teeth kicked in against E.D. White (Catholic) and Thibodaux High," Terrebonne coach Tommy Manor said. "We practiced a new offense after the Thibodaux game, and (Tuesday night), we made the adjustment we needed. It really paid off."

The payment came in the form of three first-half goals en route to a 3-1 win over the Tarpons at Tom B. Smith Stadium in Houma,

After a pair of near misses, Fernando Galindo sent in a low kick to give the Tigers a 1-0 lead 15 minutes into the match. Nicholas Indovina extended the lead to 2-0 when he broke away from the pack in the 27th minute and sent the ball past South Lafourceh goalie Junior Matute (seven saves).

A few minutes later, South Lafourche's Taylor Keller (three shots on goal) offered a scoring attempt from 2 yards away but was denied by Terrebonne goalie Ross Breaux. The same scenario appeared again midway through the second half when Keller tried to score off a deflected shot of teammate Herber Cristales, but Breaux (14 saves) denied the goal..

"Ross (Breaux) did an outstanding job," Manor said. "It was his first night ever playing goalie, and I can't say enough about him. He has been working with our coaches, and (Tuesday night), he made some really outstanding saves."

Terrebonne completed its scoring when Cole Bergeron capitalized on a penalty kick for a 3-0 lead in the first half.

South Lafourche scored its lone goal with fourth minute of the second half on a penalty kick from Jobie Chiasson..

"Terrebonne is a very physical team," South Lafourche coach Lonnie Rousse said. "We had some good opportunities with penalty kicks, but I have to complement them on their ability to limit what we could do on offense. We had a strong second half/ Terrebonne just played a good game."

TERREBONNE 9, SOUTH LAFOURCHE 0 (GIRLS)

At Tom B. Smith Stadium in Houma, the:Lady Tigers had five shots on goal in the opening minutes of Tuesday's District 7-I match against South Lafourche.

Although none of those shots results in goals, it helped set the tone for Terrebonne.

Kirstie Champagne got the Lady Tigers on the scoreboard in the sixth minute with her first of two goals on the night. Consecutive scores in the 10th and 14th minutes from Joelie Cantrelle increased Terrebonne's lead to 3-0.

"We have been focusing on finishing on our scoring opportunities," Terrebonne coach Ray LeCompte said. "Earlier this season we have had some issues with that, but (Tuesday night), we moved the ball around well."

Terrebonne found the back four more times before the end of the first half. Cantrelle and Champagne each scored their third goals of the match and were followed by goals from Hallie Bergeron and Stevie Guin for a 7-0 lead.

"We got ourselves good looks at the goal," LeCompte said. "We have played some good competition coming into district and that looks like it helped up improve."

Shelby Johnson and Madeline Adams each scored in the second half to complete the scoring for the Lady Tigers.

Taylor Pichaff and Mallori Sodersterom also scored for Terrebonne.

THIBODAUX 2, H.L. BOURGEOIS 1 (BOYS)

At Thibodaux, the Tigers used two second half goals to bounce back to move to 2-0 in District 7-I play.

H.L. Bourgeois took a 1-0 lead in the first half on a goal from Blake Doiron, but Thibodaux got goals from Jude Dufrene and Nick Esteve in the second half to get the win.

Dillon Dantin was the goal keeper for Thibodaux (5-2-1, 2-0 in district).

H.L. BOURGEOIS 2, THIBODAUX 1 (GIRLS)

At Thibodaux, the Lady Braves got two goals from Alice Deano to move to 1-0 in District 5-I play.

Heather Naquin scored the goal for Thibodaux (3-3-1, 0-2 in district).

Tandy Dubois was the goal keeper for H.L. Bourgeois (6-0-1).

CENTRAL LAFOURCHE 2, ELLENDER 1 (GIRLS)

At Mathews, the Lady Patriots had six shots on goal, but could only find the net once in their nondistrict loss.

Emily Cressoine scored the goal for Ellender.

Stats for Central Lafourche (1-7) were unavailable.

POSTPONED MATCHES

Due to rain, several local prep soccer matches were postponed on Tuesday.

In boys soccer, the Central Lafourche at South Terrebonne match was postponed. No makeup date was set yet.

In girls soccer, the Lutcher at E.D. White Catholic match was postponed and will be rescheduled for sometime in January.