Three parish soccer teams advance in the playoffs

Kyle Riviere
kriviere@weeklycitizen.com
The East Ascension girls defeated Walker 4-2 in the first round. Photo by Dewey Keller.

After the first round of the soccer playoffs, three Ascension squads kept their seasons alive and their championship aspirations intact.

In the girl's division, all three of the parish's Division I powers made the playoffs, but only two of the three advanced.

No. 24 seed St. Amant had their season come to an end as they fell to district rival and No. 9 seeded Baton Rouge High 2-1.

The Lady Gators had lost to the Lady Bulldogs by a combined score of 15-2 in their regular season meetings, but they gave a much stronger effort this time around.

Samantha Rhodes scored early for Baton Rouge High to lead 1-0 at halftime, but St. Amant got back into it when Madison Edmonston made a goal in the 60th minute.

However, just four minutes later, Rhodes struck again for the Lady Bulldogs as she scored what turned out to be the game-winning goal.

No. 14 Dutchtown had better luck. They outlasted No. 19 Terrebonne 4-3 to earn a trip to the second round to play No. 3 Mount Carmel on the road.

As for the parish's highest girl's seed, No. 10 East Ascension also punched their ticket to the second round as they got past No. 23 Walker 4-2.

Blaire Laiche led the way for the Lady Spartans as she scored two goals. Marina Speligene and Stephanie Bernal each scored as well.

East Ascension's win drew them a second-round road matchup with No. 7 C.E. Byrd.

In the boy's division, No. 22 Dutchtown failed to earn the opening-round victory as they lost the rubber match with district foe Baton Rouge High 2-0 on Saturday.

The No. 11 Bulldogs set the tone early with a Paz Brandel goal in the 17th minute.

And to end all Dutchtown hopes, Jowad Abraham scored in the 74th minute to put Baton Rouge up 2-0--effectively ending the Griffins' season.

On the other hand, No. 12 St. Amant kept their dreams alive as they blanked No. 21 Central Lafourche 3-0 in the first round on Friday.

The easy win pushed them into the next round, where they earned a road matchup with No. 5 Lafayette.