Lady Terriers blank South Terrebonne
Sat. January 05, 2013 at 12:52 a.m. | By Keyon Jeff/Sports Correspondent
Vandebilt Catholic's Grace Champagne (16) kicks the ball as South Terrebonne's Emily Carrere (16) defends on Friday. (Photo by Benjamin Oliver Hicks/Staff)
South Terrebonne found out Friday night how difficult it is to win a soccer match without getting off any shots.
Vandebilt Catholic's defense did not allow a single Lady Gators shot in a 10-0 victory at Buddy Marcello Stadium in Division 8-II action.
"It's been years going by with people talking about our offensive prowess. But everybody seems overlook our defense," Lady Terriers coach Philip Amedee said. "That's a big key. We believe in keeping pressure on the opposing team. It's hard for them to score if they don't have the ball in our end of the field."
Vandebilt (18-2 overall, 3-0 district) offense wasn't too shabby either, netting two goals each from Morgan Lewis, Julia Hebert and Grace Champagne. Elena Callejas, Kim Grasso, Makelle Pena and Julianne DeBlieux had one goal each.
The Lady Terriers got to a fast start, scoring three goals in the first seven minutes. Callejas netted the initial goal four minutes in on a penalty kick after a Lady Gator defender was whistled for a hand ball inside the penalty box.
South Terrebonne (4-6, 1-3 in district) played with four —and sometimes five— defenders at the top of their penalty box for most of the game, hoping to slow down the Vandebilt attack.
"We stacked the box and stayed back on defense early. Vanderbilt just has talent everywhere. It's hard to keep them all in check," Lady Gator coach Archie Adams said. "They were still able to get goals. That's why they're one of the top teams in the state."
Of the six goals Vandebilt scored in the first half, Champagne's in the 21st minute was the cruelest to South Terrebonne. She blasted the ball from eight yards out, bounced of Lady Gator goalkeeper Megan Trosclair (14 saves), and then rolled the entire length of the goal line before bumping into the goal post and into the net.
Despite the success, Amedee wasn't all that satisfied with his team's play.
The Lady Terriers had spent the past week working on getting the outside midfielders more involve in the offense, which didn't happen in the first half.
"It's hard to be really disappointed, but we didn't do what we wanted in the first 15 to 20 minutes," he said. "That's why in the beginning of the second half I was going to put the bench in. My starters asked me to go in because they knew they did a really bad job with what we have worked on."
It took 10 seconds for Vandebilt to correct their mistake and score a goal in the second half. The Lady Terriers dribbled the ball from midfield into the goal box. After Trosclair saved the initial shot, Lewis followed up the ricochet and booted in the goal.
Four minutes later, Hebert knocked in a 5-yard shot from a corner kick to put Vandebilt up 8-0.
"We have such talented forwards, sometimes our wide players are just standing there and watching them play," Amedee said. "They need to get more involved in the attack and they executed that."
Despite the loss Adams liked the way South Terrebonne stayed positive and hustled until the end. He knows if they continue to do that, they can compete against a lesser squad.
"I told them coming into it, ‘Don't focus on the score; don't focus on the last play; play harder the next play,'" Adams said. "The way the young kids we have played their tails off tonight, I don't want to coach any other team."
VANDEBILT CATHOLIC 9, SOUTH TERREBONNE 0 (BOYS)
In Houma, Vandebilt Catholic got a hat trick from Grant Rodriguez and two goals from Patrick Yancey en route to victory in Division 8-II play.
The Terriers (6-6-2, 2-1 district) also got a goal each from Andrew Tueton, James Schwab, Christopher Wood and Seth Miller.
Dominic Ordoyne and Pete LeBouef combined to make 18 saves for South Terrebonne (2-11, 0-4 district).
Terriers goal keeper Andrew LeBlanc had two saves.