Lady Spartans want to continue success in 08-09
East Ascension advanced to the regional round of the postseason for the third consecutive season a year ago before being ousted by C.E. Byrd.
The Lady Spartans, the District 6-1 runner up finished the season with a record of 14-9-5.
Gone from that team are six seniors including co-defensive MVP and captain Michaela Gaudin who helped East Ascension record 13 shutouts. The Lady Spartans also lose all-district selections Lindsay Delatte, Emily Marceaux and Emily Mouch
“(Gaudin) is going to be hard to replace,” East Ascension head coach Chris Goodall said. “We lose six seniors that contributed. We are very fortunate to have 10 this year. We lose a lot of defense. Four of our seniors were defenders. We need to try and catch up on defense.”
East Ascension does return first-team all-district selection Claudia Flores who led the team with 14 assists while scoring nine goals.
Arienne Ferchard, the Lady Spartans goal keeper returns for her senior year after earning second-team honors a year ago when she averaged eight saves per game. Others returning include Ashley Hunsberger who had six assists and Kristen Simoneaux who provided five assists. Also returning is Keely Villar and Jennifer Jefferson.
“We have two senior goal keepers in Ferchaud and Jefferson,” Goodall said. “Out wide we are very strong. Scoring goals in girls’ soccer is very tough. We still need to work on the speed of the game.”
East Ascension charged right into a demanding pre-district schedule with a home game against St. Michael Tuesday. They may face their toughest challenge next Tuesday at Mandeville.
The Lady Spartans will also host Chapelle before traveling to Menard and Zachary before district play starts. They will also host Episcopal and travel to Catholic Pointe Coupee during district play before closing up by hosting St. Joseph’s
“It is a mixture,” Goodall said. “The keys to the season in the weather and climate we play in is trying to keep them free from injuries and healthy.”
Goodall said Dutchtown will remain the front runner in district play but his squad’s cohesion will be the key to their success this season.
“It is a very tough district,” Goodall said. “It is extremely tough. We practice from Halloween to Mardi Gras so you have to have cohesion. Team work and unity is very strong. I think that is important.”
LADY SPARTANS DEFEAT HAMMOND IN OPENER - East Ascension got goals from Devon Darr, Ashley Hunsberger, Kristin Simoneaux, Bianca Joyeau and Brittany Herron on way to a 6-1 victory over St. Michael Tuesday at Spartan Stadium.
Arienne Ferchard had four saves and Jennifer Jefferson had three.