Lady Cardinals cruise past Opelousas, 6-0

E.D. White Catholic's Olivia Coffman (1) dribbles the ball as Opelousas' Skyla Thibideaux (11) defends during Friday's Division II bi-district playoff match in Thibodaux. (Photo by Keyon K. Jeff/Correspondent)

Coaches want to see their team play its best in the postseason.

E.D. White head coach Don Grabert got just that Friday night as his Lady Cardinals dominated 20th-seeded Opelousas 6-0 in the bi-district round of the Division II playoffs.

E.D. White got a hat trick from Holly Bourgeois and two goals from Triston Gros.

The 13th-seeded Lady Cardinals will travel to No. 4 Neville for the regional round, tentatively scheduled for Wednesday.

"This was the best we passed the ball all year," Grabert said. "We hit the ball to the right spots. We ran to the ball and controlled the ball well. This was a good team effort."

E.D. White (10-8-4) got on the scoreboard in the 12th minute. Bourgeois received a pass in the penalty box, made a quick turn and fired into the lower right corner from seven yards pass Opelousas goalie Emily Nall (nine saves).

On a Lady Cardinals corner kick three minutes later, Morgan Becnel settled the ball and blasted a shot from 15 yards out that ricocheted off several players before getting pass Nall.

In the 26th minute, Bourgeois notched her second score with a header inside the goal to give E.. White a 3-0 lead entering halftime.

"Every time E.D. White would score, they just echoed, ‘0-0,'" Opelousas head coach Jacques Joubert said. "I'm proud of the fact that they never gave up."

Gros netted her goals in 50th and 52nd minutes off identical plays. Both times Ashlynn Folse dribbled the ball up the right side. Near the end line she blasted perfect crosses toward the middle of the field where Gros found a wide open net for easy goals.

"We were trying to get the ball down the sideline all game," Grabert said. "Ashlynn made two awesome passes, and Triston was there to put it in both times. Those were two pretty goals."

Bourgeois completed her hat trick and the scoring in the 67th minute. She hit a cross in perfect stride from 10 yards out.

The Lady Cardinals defense was suffocating over the entire 80 minutes. They did not allow Opelousas (7-11) a single shot and won nearly every Lady Tiger throw in and free kick.

"E.D. White was far more aggressive on the ball," Joubert said. "They played as if we were not even on that field. That ball was just theirs to play around with."

"It was like a new team was out there," Grabert said. "We trapped the ball and got it up sideline well. We didn't miskick, and everybody was in position."

As well as E.D. White executed Friday night, Grabert insisted they will need an even better performance versus Neville to advance.

"If we can play with this kind of intensity, I think we'll a good chance," Grabert said. "Neville is going to be fast and good, but if we can possess the ball, that's going to help us out."



At Slidell, the Lady Tigers fell behind 3-0 in the first half of Friday's bi-district playoff match. Terrebonne ended its season at 13-7.



At Burbank Field in Baton Rouge, the teams played a scoreless first half before Catholic scored in the 60th minute. The Trojans ended their season at 13-5-3.