Terrebonne girls closing in on District 7-I soccer title
Thu. January 17, 2013 at 10:36 a.m. | By Jason Corbin / Sports Correspondent
The Terrebonne Lady Tigers took a big step toward achieving one of their season-long goals on Wednesday — winning another District 7-I soccer championship.
Entering the season, the Lady Tigers have won seven straight district titles, and Wednesday's first-half performance helped them take a step toward winning No. 8. Despite sloppy field conditions, the Lady Tigers scored three first-half goals en route to a 3-1 win over New Iberia at Tom B. Smith Stadium in Houma.
"New Iberia in a talented, well-coached team, and this was a competitive match," Terrebonne coach Ray LeCompte said. "The conditions were rough and the momentum ball would at times just die in the puddles. We were able to overcome all of that though, and I am very proud of this team. They earned a good win against a good team."
Stevie Guinn got the Lady Tigers (10-9 overall, 9-0 in district) on the scoreboard first with an arching goal from 35 yards out for a 1-0 lead in the 17th minute of the first half. Four minutes later, Madison Cruse collected a corner kick and hooked in a shot from the left side baseline for a 2-0 lead.
New Iberia (5-4 in district) cut Terrebonne's lead in half with a goal in the 24th minute of the first half. Kelley Perez sent a deflected shot into the net off of a corner kick to score the Yellow Jackets lone goal of the match.
Terrebonne responded in the 26th minute when Sarah LeCompte crossed the ball to Jolie Cantrelle, who sent a shot into the lower right corner of the net for a 3-1 lead.
"The shot was sweet," LeCompte said. "New Iberia kept coming at us, and we were in a position where they were one play away from tying. With these conditions, you never know what may happen. It gave us some breathing room."
Perez, who accounted for seven of New Iberia's 11 shots on goal, had a chance to score in the 12th minute of the second half, but Terrebonne goalie Madeline Adams (eight saves) denied the shot to preserve the two-goal lead.
Terrebonne had a chance to add to its lead in the second half after Cantrelle was fouled in the box.
Kirstie Champagne took the ensuing penalty kick, but her shot was stopped by New Iberia goalie Allyson Provost (seven saves).
"They jumped on us early. They are a good team," New Iberia coach Fafudja Acouetey said. "They hit two very good shots in the opening half, but we stepped up our defensive effort in the second half and played well."
NEW IBERIA 6, TERREBONNE 2 (BOYS)
At Houma, New Iberia exploded for four goals to pull away from Terrebonne in a District 7-I match.
Terrebonne (4-4 in district) appeared to have the momentum after Travis Manor scored off of a cross from Raul Contreras to tie score at 2 in the 35th minute of the first half.
The momentum was short-lived as New Iberia's Alan Thomas ended the first half with a goal and added two more in the second half to add to the Yellow Jackets' lead. Also scoring goals for New Iberia (8-6-3, 5-2 in district) were Michael Guillot (two) and Alex Glover (one).
Fernando Galindo scored Terrebonne's other goal in the first half.
VANDEBILT CATHOLIC 7, MORGAN CITY 0 (GIRLS)
At Morgan City, the Lady Terriers jumped out to a 6-0 halftime lead and never looked back in the District 8-II match.
Vandebilt (20-2 overall, 5-0 in district) got two goals from Carly Ellender. Makelle Pena, Kim Grasso, Grace Champagne, Julia Wood and Chi Chi Callejas each scored one goal for the Lady Terriers.