Parish soccer teams have seasons ended in playoffs' second round
The playoff runs of the two remaining Ascension soccer teams came to a screeching halt last week as both schools were blanked in their second-round matchups.
Originally, five of the parish's soccer squads made the playoffs. The St. Amant boys and girls each lost in the opening round. The Dutchtown girls suffered the same fate.
The only two teams to reach the regional round was the East Ascension girls and the Dutchtown boys.
The Lady Spartans won their opening contest in style--squeaking by Lafayette in a thrilling double-overtime affair. The victory pushed them into the second round where they faced second-seeded St. Scholastica--a team that went 16-1-3 during the regular season.
They proved to be far too much for East Ascension to handle in last Wednesday's second-round contest.
The Lady Spartans kept it close for the entire first half. The game was scoreless until right before the break.
That's when St. Scholastica's Courtney Robicheaux scored a goal to give the home-standing Doves a 1-0 halftime lead.
To start action in the second half, St. Scholastica extended their lead to 2-0 with a goal by Megan Moser.
With the comfortable advantage, the Doves put it away with a devastating flurry in the final 10 minutes.
Robincheaux netted her second goal of the night, and Maggie Otillio scored another that allowed St. Scholastica to earn a dominating 4-0 victory.
The loss officially ended East Ascension's season. The Lady Spartans finished with a 13-9-1 overall record.
The next night, the Dutchtown boys had the privilege of hosting a second-round game after they went on the road and earned an impressive 3-2 upset victory over 13th-seeded West Monroe.
Unfortunately, the Griffins couldn't generate the same kind of magic against fourth-seeded Mandeville (17-2-3) in the regional round.
The two teams actually played back in November. The Skippers won that game 3-0. Last Thursday night, history repeated itself as they won by the same exact score.
The game was tight early on. Dutchtown had their best opportunity to score when Matt Marion got a shot at the goal, but he couldn't get it to go.
Madeville made the Griffins pay before the half as Devin Pathoumthong scored to give the Skippers a 1-0 halftime lead.
The game remained at that score all the way until the 63rd minute when Jack Babineaux squeezed one by Dutchtown goal keeper Zachary Briggs to give Madeville a comfortable 2-0 advantage.
They then put the cherry on top in the 69th minute when Pathoumthong struck again. His second goal gave the Skippers the impressive 3-0 victory.
The loss brought Dutchtown's season to a close. They ended up finishing the year with an overall record of 13-10-2.