Lady Spartans hold off St. Amant in defensive struggle

Peter Silas Pasqua
East Ascension’s Caitlin Roddy gains possession during the first half of the Lady Spartans’ victory over St. Amant Friday night at the Pit.

ST. AMANT – East Ascension scored the lone goal just before halftime and held off a late attack from St. Amant for a 1-0 District 6-I victory Friday night at the Pit.

Jordan Guedry provided the only scoring in the 36th minute of the first half. Chelsea Griggs also had three saves for the Lady Spartans (9-3-1,1-0).

“The shot count was in our favor and I think substitutions helped that because the level didn’t drop off and that is what I am most excited about,” East Ascension head coach Christopher Goodall said. “With the field conditions like they were, we lost a little bit of our more skillful play. It was very tiring conditions so we were able to sub a little more liberally and I think the fresh legs helped us.”

Samantha Jackson provided nine saves for St. Amant (3-8-1, 1-1).

“We had trouble getting the ball out of the midfield tonight and pushing forward,” St. Amant head coach Jason Naquin said. “They did a better job there of possessing and pressuring us but I thought we weathered the storm pretty good. The majority of the game was spent on our side but I don’t think that automatically means they played the better of the game. The score ended up in their favor but it could have been the other way around.”

East Ascension’s Kristen Simoneaux provided the first shot of the night which was saved by Jackson. Destiny Bourgeois and Jaci Bourgeois each followed with attempts for St. Amant before Jackson saved Simoneaux’s shot on goal after she stole a throw in.

East Ascension attempted the next three shots including Haley Gautreau’s turnaround and Rebecca Austin’s attempt that drew Jackson out of the box.

“We didn’t shoot a very high percentage,” Goodall said. “Their defensive effort was very impressive. Even with the amount of possession we had, they limited our quality of shots. I thought it was one of the better skilled games that we have played in such bad conditions. Unfortunately the field was real churned up after the boys’ game.”

Guedry’s goal came with four minutes remaining in the half.

“Our defense played solid tonight,” Naquin said. “They were rotating some people in and I choose not to, tonight. We have a lot of depth at the same level but for rhythm purposes, I like to keep the same people in. The field was a factor. I don’t think it helped anybody more than the other but it definitely wasn’t perfect playing conditions. If you are going to lose by a goal, at least it was a beautiful goal.”

In the closing minutes, Amanda Jackson’s shot on goal sent a flurry of activity to the front of the goal before Griggs came up with the ball.

“As a unit, we played very, very well,” Goodall said. “I thought St. Amant came back very hard right at the end. They moved much more offensively and pushed bodies forward.”

East Ascension had taken the previous six shots by Austin, Simoneaux, Marissa Sanchez and Ally Miller with Jackson corralling four of them.

“I wasn’t disappointed with our offense but we have created a few more opportunities in the past and EA capitalized on theirs,”?Naquin said.

East Ascension traveled to East St. John Monday while St. Amant hosts Woodlawn tonight at the Pit.

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St. Amant goalkeeper Samantha Jackson reaches for the ball on a corner kick by East Ascension’s Kristin Simoneaux in the second half of the Lady Spartans’ 1-0 District 6-I victory Friday night at the Pit.