Cardinals shut down Ellender, 4-0


Ellender's Kevin Lucien (7) rises over E.D. White's Taylor Foret to head the ball during Saturday's District 8-II match in Bourg. (Photo by Keyon Jeff/Correspondent)


BOURG — After a week of postponed matches due to inclement weather, it was no surprise that E.D. White Catholic and Ellender were sluggish Saturday afternoon at South Terrebonne Memorial Stadium.

However, Cardinal striker Derek Knight exhibited no rust in his play. The senior forward scored three goals in the first half to spearhead a 4-0 E.D. White victory in Division 8-II action.

"We sleepwalked through the whole game," E.D. White coach Roger Bimah said. "Other than Derek everybody was waiting for someone else to make a play. It was one of those games where we lacked enthusiasm and passion that is required in soccer."

"We were out of shape, didn't practice much over the holidays," Patriots coach David Angeron said. "E.D. White is a great soccer program. They have true soccer players. You see the difference on the field."

E.D. White (14-4-3, 2-2 district) got on the scoreboard in the eighth minute. Knight received a cross inside the penalty box and booted the ball pass Patriots goalie Dylan Boudreaux (20 saves) for a 1-0 lead.

In the 34th minute, Knight dribbled pass two defenders, got within five yards of the net and pooched the ball into the net.

Three minutes later, Knight completed the hat trick on his best goal. He dribbled up the right sideline from midfield, dodged one Patriot defender and squeezed the ball inside the right post for a 3-0 halftime lead.

"Derek's a good player, and good players step up and make big plays," Bimah said. "That's what we needed (Saturday)."

The Cardinals defense held Ellender without a single shot for most of the game. The Patriots began to piece together some offensive cohesion over the final 25 minutes.

Their best scoring chance came in the 55th minute. Jesus Rendon dribbled always to the end line and unleashed a shot that deflected off the hands of Cardinal goalie Tyler Benoit (five saves). The ball nearly rolled into the net; however, a Cardinal defender cleared the ball away to preserve the shutout.

"Early in the game we were playing mostly defense with just two forwards. We made some adjustments that got us in the game a little bit," Angeron said. "We started working together, not just kicking the ball all over the place. That got us some good shots in goal."

The final score came in the 80th minute when Ellender's Kevin Lucien redirected an E.D. White shot pass Boudreaux for an own goal.

With only one senior and plenty of freshmen and sophomores on the roster, Angeron is just hoping his team gets better game by game.

"One of the adjustments we're going to make this week is learning to transition from offense to defense and vice versa," he said. "We need to learn how to be a soccer team and not just a bunch of athletes running around."

For Bimah, he wants to knock the rust off the rest of his squad before Tuesday's district battle with Vandebilt Catholic.

"We had no one who wanted to take the ball and grab the game by the scruff of the neck and punish the other team," he said. "That's not going to work against good teams because they're going to punish us."

 

E.D. WHITE CATHOLIC 10,

ELLENDER 0 (GIRLS)

In Bourg, Triston Gros scored three goals to propel the Lady Cardinals over Ellender in Division 8-II action.

E.D. White (5-6-4, 2-2 district) also got a goal each from Olivia Coffman, Morgan Becnel, Braylen Labbe, Julia Enloe, Holly Bourgois, Lexie Bourgeois and Simone Leonard. The Lady Cardinals led 8-0 at halftime.

Rachel Bourgeois had two saves for E.D. White. Ellender goalkeepers Ruby Lapeyrouse and Megan Ledet recorded six and nine saves, respectively.

 

WESTGATE 9,

THIBODAUX 3 (BOYS)

At New Iberia, the Tigers droppe to 7-8-1 overall and 4-5 in district with the loss.

Goal scorers for Thibodaux were Mason Richard, Tommy Thibodaux and Gaspar Escareno.