Terrebonne girls remain undefeated in District 7-1


The Terrebonne Lady Tigers ran their District 7-I record to 8-0 with a convincing 6-1 win over Thibodaux Friday at Tom B. Smith Stadium in Houma.

Terrebonne (9-6 overall) put pressure on the Thibodaux defense early, but Thibodaux managed to close off once the ball neared the goal.

That ended in the 13th minute when Jolie Cantrelle took a pass from Stevie Guin in the 13th minute and put into an open net after Thibodaux's goalie came out to defend Guin, giving Thibodaux a 1-0 lead.

"We were both heading toward the goal and Stevie found me and I just happened to put it in," Cantrelle said.

Five minutes later, the same play was reversed as Cantrelle found Guin open in front of the Thibodaux goal, and Terrebonne led 2-0.

Six minutes later, it was Sarah LeCompte finding the net on a Beckham-like bend off a corner kick for a 3-0 Terrebonne lead.

"I've been playing soccer since I was eight," LeCompte, a senior, said. "I started kicking corners my sophomore year, and I've just been doing it ever since."

Madison Cruse made it 5-0 in the 37th minute off a corner kick from LeCompte.

"Sarah hit a nice corner kick, and my foot just found it," Cruse said.

Thibodaux's Alex Gwinn got one back for the Lady Tigers in the first moments of the second half.

"I think it was just a really quick change of pace," Gwinn said. "We got the ball and just pushed it up and got it in."

After Thibodaux's goal, both offenses bogged down as field conditions started to deteriorate a bit due to the recent heavy rain in the area.

Thibodaux coach Katie Billello said the weather had interfered with practice.

"We haven't practiced all week with all the rain, and it took us about a half to get warmed up. If we'd have had another half, we could have done something," Bilello said.

"We started to do some things personnel wise in the second half," Terrebonne coach Ray LeCompte said. "I was happy with the lead we had. It was a good opportunity for us to get some people some playing time. But in these conditions, you can never count a team out."

THIBODAUX 3, TERREBONNE 2, OT (BOYS)

At Houma, Christopher Connell hit a goal in the last minute of overtime as Thibodaux took a 3-2 comeback win.

"Usually, I don't really shoot unless I have an awesome shot," Connell, a senior, said. "But I figured that we didn't have much time left, so I was going to shoot from wherever I was. All my practice paid off, and it went in."

Terrebonne took a 1-0 lead into halftime after a bizarre play in the 40th minute when a Terrebonne throw in bounced off the back of a Thibodaux player and rolled into the net. Terrebonne's goal came just after missing a penalty kick.

Terrebonne quickly made it 2-0 when Cullen Hebert scored just a couple of minutes into the second half.

Thibodaux (7-7-1, 4-4 in district) scored on a penalty kick by senior Nick Estev in the 53rd minute after a hands in the box penalty on Terrebonne.

"Last game against H.L Bourgeois, I missed my penalty kick," Estev said. "So it was redemption time. My very first penalty kick."

It looked like that one goal lead would hold up until Victor Bimah found the back of the net in stoppage time to tie the game in regulation.

"We had been playing on their side of the field the whole night, ripping shots and pounding their goalie," Bimah said. "So somebody ripped a shot and it deflected off a Terrebonne player and I saw the opportunity."

Thibodaux coach Putt Bernard said it was an odd game.

"This is one of the funkiest games I've ever been a part of," Bernard said. "We're starting a freshman goalie, Tremaine Somanie, first time starting at goalie, and he's been playing for about a year. So he comes up huge in the first half, stopping a penalty kick, the first one he's ever faced. So we were so excited about that and we kind of relaxed on the throw in. I've never seen a game with so many buzzer beaters. We had one at the end of the first half, second half, and overtime."

WESTGATE 5, CENTRAL LAFOURCHE 3, 2 OT (BOYS)

At New Iberia, Westgate scored two goals in overtime to hand the Trojans their first District 7-I on Friday.

Scoring goals for Central Lafourche (10-2-3, 7-1 in district) were Trey Arabie, Danial Frias and Mason Daigle. Forest Verdin was the goalie for the Trojans.

WESTGATE 1, CENTRAL LAFOURCHE 0 (GIRLS)

At New Iberia, the Lady Trojans fell to 4-4 in District 7-I with Friday's loss.

NEW IBERIA 8, SOUTH LAFOURCHE 0 (GIRLS)

At New Iberia, the Lady Tarpons dropped Friday's District 7-I match on Friday.

MATCHES RAINED OUT

Heavy rains throughout the week forced several soccer matches to be postponed.

South Terrebonne's boys and girls match at Morgan City was moved to Thursday, starting with the boys at 5 p.m. and the girls to follow.

Friday's Vandebilt Catholic at Ellender boys and girls match was also postponed. The teams will now meet on Jan. 23 with boys playing at 5 and the girls to follow.