Yellow Jackets sting Trojans, 2-1


New Iberia's Luke Kennedy (7) and Central Lafourche's Trey Arabie (9) battle for the ball during Friday's District 7-I soccer match in Mathews. (Photo by Abby Tabor/Staff)


MATHEWS — A goal that wasn't became the difference in New Iberia's win over Central Lafourche.

In the 28th minute, New Iberia went on the attack, as Alan Thomas took a shot from close range. Central Lafourche goalie Forest Verdin dove and stopped the shot but couldn't secure the rebound. New Iberia's Cody Sedlitsky was in front of the net when the ball came free and scored for a 1-0 lead.

At first, the head official waved off the goal thinking Sedlitsky may have fouled the goalie. But after a discussion with a side official, the goal stood and became the difference in the Yellow Jackets' 2-1 win in Friday's District 7-I match.

New Iberia's win creates a three-way tie between the Yellow Jackets, Central Lafourche and Westgate for first place in the district. Each team has two losses in district competition, with just one week of the regular season left to play.

Central Lafourche coach Simon Badeaux said he wasn't upset with the change giving New Iberia a goal, but he wished the official had not blown his whistle right before the goal was scored.

"He never should have blew the whistle, and I thought everything was clean. My goalie dives out makes a save and puts his arms on the ball, but it pops out. It is like a fumble in football, you don't blow the whistle. He blows the whistle and we stop, and they don't stop," Badeaux said. "It was some confusion, but I will not argue because my goalie is fumbling the ball and it is fair game, but don't blow the whistle. We played hard, and they played hard, and it is just how it is."

New Iberia (10-6-3 overall, 7-2 in district) got on the scoreboard first when Hunter Inzerella feathered a pass to Thomas through the middle of the Trojans' defense. Thomas gathered the ball just inside the 18-yard box and sent it past Verdin for a 1-0 lead in the 11th minute.

Central Lafourche (10-3-3, 7-2 in district) had only one corner kick in the first half, but the Trojans made it count. Trey Arabie took the corner kick, and he put the ball right in front of the net. The ball made it to the ground, and with bodies falling everywhere, it bounced up and Devin Foret headed it into the net for a 1-1 tie in the 15th minute.

New Iberia only took three shots in the first half, but two came on the play that led to Sedlitsky's goal and a 2-1 lead.

New Iberia coach Kevin Hardy said the official was correct in waving off the goal at first, but the official was also correct in getting help to make the right call.

"What happened, the center ref had a distant view. It looked to me their goalie bobbled the ball, and our guy kicked it in. From the center refs viewpoint, you always want to protect the goalies. It is natural they would assume the goalie was holding the ball," he said. "He did the right thing and checked with his linesman who had a better view. I believe it was the correct call, and it was a huge goal. They are a good team and well-coached, and I thought, even though we had a lead, they were dominating us."

If the Trojans dominated the first half, then the second half belonged to the Yellow Jackets.

Neither team scored in the second half, but New Iberia's defense held Central Lafourche to two shots. Even though its offense didn't score, New Iberia possessed the ball and took five shots on goal to keep the pressure on the Trojans.

"We tried to possess the ball more instead of playing it through. We were able to answer quick in the first half by grinding it through. We wanted to keep doing that but give credit to their defense," Badeaux said. "They didn't wait for ball to come their way; they went go get it. They just went after the ball, and it is not that we didn't want it as much as they did. They just didn't wait for it to happen. They made it happen."

NEW IBERIA 2, CENTRAL LAFOURCHE 0 (GIRLS)

At Mathews, New Iberia got a goal in the first half and another in the second half to beat Central Lafourche in Friday's District 7-I match.

New Iberia got a goal from Kelly Perez for a 1-0 lead in the 14th minute of the first half.

New Iberia's second goal came on a penalty kick in the second half.

On a corner kick, Central Lafourche was called for foul giving New Iberia a penalty kick.

Taylor Hebert made the goal giving New Iberia the 2-0 lead in the 56th minute.

Central Lafourche (4-5 in district) finished the match with four shots on goal, and Lady Trojans goalie Alexis Monfra finished with nine saves.

WESTGATE 4, H.L. BOURGEOIS 0 (BOYS

At New Iberia, the Braves fell to 3-6 in District 7-I with Friday's loss.

E.D. WHITE CATHOLIC 5, SOUTH TERREBONNE 1 (BOYS)

At Thibodaux, the Cardinals improved to 6-0 in District 8-II (16-4-3 overall) with Friday's win.

Scoring one goal each for the Cardinals were Seth Ledet, James Viguerie, Dillon Pierce, Colby Masse and Drew Matherne. B.J. Gros and Tyler Benoit split time in the goal for E.D. White.

E.D. WHITE CATHOLIC 5, SOUTH TERREBONNE 1 (BOYS)

At Thibodaux, Tristen Gros scored three goals, as the Lady Cardinals finished with 32 shots on goal in Friday's District 8-II match.

Ashlynn Folse and Holly Bourgeois each scored for E.D. White (5-8-4, 3-3 in district). Taylor Benoit was the winning goalie.

MORGAN CITY 4, ELLENDER 2 (BOYS)

At Bourg, Hunter Dupre and Jesus Rendon scored goals for the Patriots in Friday's District 8-II match.

MORGAN CITY 9, ELLENDER 0 (GIRLS)

At Bourg, the Lady Gators fell to 0-7 in District 8-II on Friday.

THIBODAUX 5, SOUTH LAFOURCHE 3 (BOYS)

At Thibodaux, the Tigers improved to 8-7-1 overall and 5-4 in District 7-I with Thursday's win. Stats were not available.

THIBODAUX 5, SOUTH LAFOURCHE 3 (GIRLS)

At Thibodaux, Heather Naquin and Courtney Hepola each scored a goal for the Lady Tigers in Thursday's District 7-I match.

Avery Theriot got the win in goal for Thibodaux.