Lady Spartans fall to Comeaux in shootout

Peter Silas Pasqua
Comeaux’s Rachel Burger sends a header downfield as East Ascension’s Kristen Simoneaux defends in the second half of Comeaux’s penalty kick shootout bi-district playoff victory Friday night.

East Ascension was forced into a penalty kick shootout with Comeaux after neither team scored in regulation or two overtimes and fell 4-2 in a Division I bi-district playoff Friday night at Spartan Stadium.

“It was like playing each other,” East Ascension head coach Christopher Goodall said. “We were so evenly matched and what it turned into because it was the playoffs was very much a defensive stalemate. I thought we had a slight advantage going into overtime but (Shawn Escoyne) gave us a lot of trouble. We were just hoping to sneak (a goal).

No. 17 seed Comeaux (8-9-1) advances to face No. 1 St. Scholastica in the regionals. East Ascension finishes the season with an overall record of 13-7-2.

“Even midway through the second half, it looked like it was going to go to a penalty shutout. It had that feel. When you go to overtime you are really dealing with tired legs so the chance of someone breaking the dead lock is very slim. When in comes to penalty kicks, it is such an unnatural way to lose but you can’t play all night. I am so proud of the girls. They gave 100 percent and I couldn’t ask for anything more.”

East Ascension’s Claudia Flores connected on the first attempt of the shutout but Comeaux were true on their first two attempts on Lady Spartan goalie Arienne Ferchaud and East Ascension missed their second.

Caitlin Roddy was true on the Lady Spartans’ third attempt but East Ascension missed their fourth try and Comeaux connected on both their attempts off goalkeeper Jennifer Jefferson for the victory.

“Arienne is sick,” Goodall said. “It is a credit to her for even playing and a credit to Jennifer who sat for two hours and then had to come in and face two penalty kicks. We have done that before and have been successful. It confuses the kickers.”

It was the last game for East Ascension’s 10 seniors, a group that advanced to the state playoffs four years and were part of a semifinal run as freshmen.

“We are going to tremendously miss those seniors,” Goodall said. “They have been such a wonderful group. In four months during summer workouts, that will  be quite a hole we are going to have. They have been fantastic leaders.”

In the closing minutes of regulation, Jordan Guedry’s shot attempt off Roddy’s free kick hit the side bar. Escoyne’s breakaway off Alacey Monconduit’s header was caught by Ferchaud before East Ascension’s Devon Darr was just right.

In the first overtime, Ferchaud stopped Hope Wildharber’s attempt Alyssa LeBlanc’s attempt off Kristen Simoneaux’s free kick was no good.

East Ascension held a slight 15-13 shot advantage.

East Ascension's Keely Villar drives on a Comeaux defender.