Eight is great: Lady Tigers wrap up another district title
Thu. January 24, 2013 at 1:52 p.m. | By Kelly McElroy/Staff Writer
Terrebonne's Brittany Naquin (left) and H.L. Bourgeois' Catherine Schexnayder (3) battle for the ball during Wednesday's District 7-I soccer match at Tom B. Smith Stadium in Houma. (Photo by Benjamin Oliver Hicks/Staff)
One day after putting the finishing touches on the program's eighth-straight district championship, the Terrebonne girls soccer team finished off District 7-I rival H.L. Bourgeois 4-0 on Wednesday night at Thomas B. Smith Stadium in Houma.
Terrebonne, which wraps up the regular season on Friday, moved to 12-6 overall and 11-0 in district and will be the top seed from the district when the Division I playoffs start next week.
The last time the Lady Tigers failed to win a district a championship, this group of 10 seniors was in the fourth grade.
"It's really an honor to be on a team like this," senior co-captain Sarah LeCompte said. "It's not each individual player. We do it as a team. We do it by working together. A lot of us have played together since we were like 8. We mesh together."
Assistant coach Todd Bergeron, who closely shares coaching duties with head coach Ray LeCompte, said the streak is something special and something to be proud of.
"The streak is amazing. What we preach from the start, from tryouts and going forward, is that this is a team effort," Bergeron said. "We have played as a team the last eight years. These girls are a product of the legacy that has been built here at Terrebonne."
On Wednesday night, Kirstie Champagne, Stevie Guin and Mallori Soderstrum scored goals for the Lady Tigers, and Madeline Adams got the clean-sheet victory in goal.
"We are a really good group of girls, and we work well together," Champagne, also a senior co-captain, said. "We have some really good coaches, and we mix well together. We have a really great support system with our fans. We couldn't do it without them."
During its eight-year run, the Lady Tigers have had numerous players who have excelled in scoring goals.
"We have been fortunate here at Terrebonne. It seems like most of the girls who have come up have played club ball," Bergeron said. "We have made changes as coaches to try to be more dynamic, but the success is really a product of the girls on the field. Coaching them is easy. Being district champions eight years in a row really speaks for itself."
The 10 seniors on the team are Halle Bergeron, Champagne, LeCompte, Brittany Naquin, Haile Verdun, Taylor Pichoff, Grayson Garnett, Mallori Solderstrum, Brooklyn Gaudet, Jade Guidry.
And as far as the next group of Terrebonne players carrying on the streak of consecutive district titles in the future?
"We have faith in these girls," Sarah LeCompte said. "We know what they can do. They are going to do it again and again."
LADY BRAVES EYEING PLAYOFFS
While the Lady Tigers are playoff bound, the Lady Braves (11-5-2 overall, 6-5 in district) hope to qualify for the postseason as well and coach Bruno Habasque said that can happen if H.L. Bourgeois defeats New Iberia High School on Saturday.
A win in that match would give the Lady Braves the second seed from District 7-I and an automatic playoff berth.
"If we win on Saturday, we would be in second place," Habasque said. "It would mean a lot. We have a lot of young, talented players here, and they are going to grow up. Last year we were at the bottom of the district, and this year we are fighting for second. That says a lot about the girls. We are getting ready for Saturday."
VANDEBILT CATHOLIC 8, ELLENDER 0 (BOYS)
At Bourg, Austin Guidry and Andrew Teuton each scored two goals for the Terriers.
Vandebilt, which led 3-0 at halftime, also got goals from Patrick Yancey, Seth Miller, Mitchell Blanchard and Zachary Breaux. Patrick Watson was the goal keeper for the Terriers (9-8-2 overall, 4-2 in District 8-II).
VANDEBILT CATHOLIC 8, ELLENDER 0 (GIRLS)
At Bourg, Makelle Pena scored three goals to help the Lady Terriers improve to 23-2 overall and 7-0 in District 8-II.
Vandebilt jumped out to a 5-0 lead at halftime and got two goals from Abby Thibodeaux and a goal each from Julia Hebert, Grace Champagne and Morgan Lewis. The Lady Terriers clinched the outright District 8-II championship with the win.