Lady Terriers top Morgan City in girls soccer
Sat. January 26, 2013 at 12:22 a.m. | By Keyon Jeff/Sports Correspondent
Vandebilt Catholic's Kim Grasso (7) dribbles against two Morgan City defenders on Friday night in Houma. (Photo by Addie Gibbons/Correspondent)
On senior night the 11 graduating Vandebilt Catholic Lady Terriers put on one more virtuoso performance for the fans at Buddy Marcello Stadium.
The Lady Terriers combined crisp passing and efficiency on offense with stifling defense to earn a 5-0 victory over Morgan City in Division 8-II action.
"We had some nerves at first, maybe because it was senior night. Your last night we want to do so well," Lady Terriers coach Philip Amedee said. "But after we settled in, we played much better, much more relaxed."
Vandebilt Catholic (23-2, 8-0 district) got on the scoreboard in the 11th minute. Makelle Pena scored on a penalty kick past Lady Tigers goalkeeper Hannah Toups for a 1-0 lead.
In the 17th minute, Lady Terriers Whitney Champagne settled a cross 12 yards from net, made a quick pivot and blasted a shot into the lower left corner. Vandebilt took the 2-0 advantage into halftime.
"Defensively, we played well. Unfortunately, we couldn't score," Lady Tigers coach Trevor Patterson said. "We had chances in the last 15 minutes, but we had tired legs and couldn't put it away."
In the second half, a pair of goals by Lady Terriers player Kim Grasso put the match out of reach. At the 57th minute, Pena sent a pass from midfield to a streaking Grasso, who faked out a Morgan City defender and blasted a 10-yard shot that trickled past Toups and the goal line.
Four minutes later, Grasso and Julia Wood sent combination passes to each other, until Grasso got open for an eight-yard shot into the upper right corner.
"Normally, Kim is a center, but we put her on the outside to take advantage of ball handling skills and speed," Amedee said. "Makelle played a beautiful ball to her, just you draw it up in the locker room."
Grace Champagne scored the final goal in the 66th minute. Toups came out of net to retrieve a cross by Wood, but Champagne beat her to the ball and booted it in from five yards away.
Morgan City needed to score one goal to overtake E.D. White as district runner-up. However the Lady Terriers defense was relentless. It limited the Lady Tigers to only four shots.
"We wanted that district runner up spot. That was our goal," Patterson said. "We'll still first round playoff game at home. Us and E.D. White will probably be seeded between 11 and 14. So it's still a good season."
Amedee admitted it was an emotional night for him. Several seniors have played for him since they were in eighth grade when Vandebilt won their last state championship in 2009. Others have been starters since they were freshmen and have been state runner-up three straight years.
He knows this tough-minded group wants to conclude their stellar prep career just as it began: with a title.
"They have been through a lot of blood sweat and tears together. They're some excellent soccer players," Amedee said. "They're determined that things aren't going to end the same way they have the last few years. I hope that's the case because they deserve to fulfill their highest expectation."
VANDEBILT CATHOLIC 5, MORGAN CITY 0 (BOYS)
At Houma, the Terriers sent their seven graduating seniors off with a shutout victory in Division 8-II action.
Vandebilt Catholic (10-8-2, 5-2 district) got two goals each from Andrew Teuton and Adam Farrar and a goal by Austin Benton. Meanwhile they didn't allow the Tigers a shot on goal. Patrick Watson got the win in goal for the Terriers and Morgan City goalkeeper David Tran made 10 saves.
E.D. WHITE CATHOLIC 4, ELLENDER 0 (BOYS)
At Thibodaux, Rene Thibodaux scored two goals and Allen Frost and Rhett Marcombe each added one to help the Cardinals finish 8-0 in District 8-II. B.J. Gros and Tyler Benoit split time in the goal for the Cardinals (18-4-3 overall).
E.D. WHITE CATHOLIC 9, ELLENDER 0 (GIRLS)
At Thibodaux, the Lady Cardinals (8-8-4 overall) finished District 8-II play at 5-3 win Friday's win. Stats were not available.
CENTRAL LAFOURCHE 6, TERREBONNE 1 (BOYS)
At Mathews, Budd Autin scored two goals to lead the Trojans (12-4-3, 9-3 in district) on Friday night.
Also scoring goals for Central Lafourche were Jazziel Munoz, Trey Arabie, Mason Daigle and Colby Chauvin. Gage Plaisance had two assists, and Matt Moss finished with one. Goalie Forest Verdin finished with five saves.
TERREBONNE 2, CENTRAL LAFOURCHE 1, OT (GIRLS)
At Mathews, Kristie Champagne scored the match-winning goal for the Lady Tigers (13-6, 12-0 in district) three minutes into the first overtime in Friday's District 7-I match.
Terrebonne's Joelie Cantrelle scored on a header off of an assist from Stevie Guin. Madeline Adams was the winning goalie for Terrebonne.