Things got offensive at The Pit last week as the St. Amant girl's soccer team outlasted Mandeville in a shootout that rivaled a Big 12 football game.

Things got offensive at The Pit last week as the St. Amant girl's soccer team outlasted Mandeville in a shootout that rivaled a Big 12 football game.

A goal in extra time by freshman Adelaide Gaffney created a scintillating finish that resulted in a 5-4 Lady Gator victory.

St. Amant's offense has exploded as of late. A week earlier, they scored eight goals against Lutcher.

"I think the key is the early gelling together as a team," Lady Gator head coach Joleigh Hartman said. "We have a little more confidence with the ball at our feet. I think one important aspect is having senior leadership, having players that the freshmen look up to. "

The frenetic pace picked up early as Gaffney launched a beautiful kick past Mandeville goalkeeper Jordyn Pellegrin from 25 yards away to give St. Amant a 1-0 lead at just the 3rd minute.

However, just two minutes later, the Lady Skippers tied the match. After Lady Gator goalkeeper Mary Taylor Gautreau made a save, Lauren Fayard knocked the ball in off of the deflection.

Six minutes later, St. Amant regained the lead after Kaylynn Broussard got out in the open field and smoked a shot past Pellegrin.

Just three minutes after that, Mandeville again responded when Mackenzie Manuel hit a beautiful looping shot just over the outstretched arms of Gautreau to tie the match.

At the 20th minute, the Lady Skippers took their first lead as Fayard got out in the open field and scored herself another goal.

St. Amant was not intimidated after falling behind for the first time. Cameron Matherne launched a shot past Pellegrin that made the match deadlocked at 3-3 heading into the half.

Matherne went back at it to start the second half as she scored on a penalty kick to give St. Amant a 4-3 advantage at the 45th minute.

Mandeville answered back just minutes later when Mia Dubroc's free kick was knocked past Gautreau off of an impressive header by Danielle Tyler.

From there, the defenses finally stepped up, but there were still close calls.

A penalty kick by Dubroc hit the top post at the 52nd minute. Matherne's penalty kick at the 87th minute was saved by Pellegrin, and in extra time, Gaffney was out in front but missed the goal on an errant shot.

Fortunately for the Lady Gators, she got one more chance in the final moments of the match. This time, she nailed the shot past the Lady Skipper goalkeeper to clinch the St. Amant victory.

The game was amazingly even. Each team had 18 shots at the goal, and Gautreau and Pellegrin each had seven saves.

The Lady Gator defense was much more effective in the second half.

"We had a lot of stabbing, and that kills the defense--when you don't put a body in front of the ball or a body in front of the person," Hartman said. "At halftime, we talked to the girls, and they told us what was going on. So, in the the second half, we were able to play better without the stabbing."

The victory showed some of the tremendous potential of the Lady Gators.

"This team is very young. We start a lot of freshmen, but even being so young, we can compete. Our conditioning is way up there," Hartman said. "With our schedule getting a little tougher around Christmas time, I think we'll be able to compete. I'm not saying we'll win every game. Every coach says that, but I definitely think that there's going to be some close ones, just like this."

On Saturday, Dec. 12, the Lady Gators will host Bolten. Two days later, they'll have another home test against Fontainebleau.