St. Amant uses cohesiveness to upset Lady Spartans

Peter Silas Pasqua
St. Amant’s Destiny Bourgeois drives pass East Ascension’s Ashleigh Muscarello in the second half of the Lady Gators’ 3-1 District 6-I victory Thursday night at Spartan Stadium.

St. Amant built a two goal first-half lead and added another in the second-half on way to a 3-1 District 6-I victory Thursday night at Spartan Stadium.

Destiny Bourgeois and Brooke Trabeau each scored in the first half as the Lady Gators (8-12-2, 5-5) upset East Ascension (14-8-1, 6-4).

“We felt very good about tonight coming in,” St. Amant head coach Jason Naquin said. “We have been playing extremely well. We pulled Samantha Jackson out of goal and put her up top. She added a presence and a lot of cohesion that we have been missing all season. We felt very good about that. Chelsey Deweese played outstanding in goal and we knew we weren’t going to lose anything. We weren’t surprised.

“I knew EA was going to come back and when it was 2-1, I thought it might get a little tighter. I could see them scoring again to tie it up because they are a very good team but we were really pleased with what was going on.”

Bourgeois, Trabeau and Amanda Jackson scored for St. Amant, while Deweese provided 11 saves.

Jennifer Flores scored East Ascension’s lone goal, while Chelsea Griggs provided nine saves.

“You could tell who had their mind on the playoffs,” East Ascension head coach Christopher Goodall said. “We were thinking of other things. I think we were a little tired, too. St. Amant was playing with nothing to lose and I give them full credit. Especially in the the first 25 minutes. They just completely called us out. I have to give St. Amant credit for their intensity. I think they wanted it more and our minds were elsewhere.”

Bourgeois cracked the scoreboard on a breakaway 17 minutes into the contest before Trabeau gave the Lady Gators a 2-0 lead shortly after.

Flores’ goal with 25 minutes left to play in the first half narrowed the deficit.

Marissa Sanchez had two attempts in front of the goal to open the second half from Kristen Simoneaux but couldn’t convert. Griggs stopped Samantha Jackson’s free kick before Deweese saved Bourgeois’ cross on a breakaway.

Haley Gautreau’s roller  was just left for East Ascension before Amanda Jackson converted a free kick from 20 yards off Griggs’ tip with 31:10 left to play to reflect the final tally.

After Gautreau was wide left, Bourgeois’ cross shot off a throw in went wide right before Kayla Bourgeois’ attempt went over the goal off Janel Boylan’s throw in for East Ascension.

East Ascension took the next five shots but couldn’t trim the deficit. Deweese scooped up Flores’ attempt before saving Rebecca Austin’s turnaround. Simoneaux then hit the up bar on a long shot before Sanchez’s putback attempt hit the up bar again.

Deweese came away with attempts again from Simoneaux and Sanchez before Griggs stopped Amanda Jackson’s through ball and saved Bourgeois’ turnaround.

Simoneaux took a free kick and corner kick with under two minutes to play before Deweese came away with the ball and Bourgeois’ rebound was wide.

East Ascension will enter the playoffs as the district’s third-place team after dropping their final two.

“It is not the way we want to go into the playoffs,” Goodall said. “We are backing into the playoffs and that is tricky. Hahnville was a surprising loss and I think that took a step out of our stride. Thankfully, we can just give them some days off,  then take it from there and see who we will play in the playoffs.”

St. Amant will have to wait till qualifiers are released to see if they advance to the postseason as a wildcard.

“I feel it will be a real disappointment if we don’t make the playoffs,” Naquin said. “It will be the first time in nine years. I think this team is primed right now. This was our best game, yet. We have improved on everything that we wanted to this year.”

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St. Amant’s Jaci Bourgeois defends East Ascension’s Kristen Simoneaux in the second half of the Lady Gators’ 3-1 District 
6-I victory Thursday night at Spartan Stadium.