Lady Gators win first district title in 12 years

Kyle Riviere
kriviere@weeklycitizen.com
St. Amant's Adelaide Gaffney scored two of the Lady Gators' three goals in their win over Dutchtown. Photo by Tammy Gaudin.

To end 2016, the St. Amant girl's soccer team was sputtering at 6-6-1.

Enter the new year. Along with it came eight straight victories and the team's first district championship in 12 seasons.

The Lady Gators clinched the title with a 3-1 road victory over parish rival Dutchtown last Friday night.

"It feels really good, and the fact that it came in this season through the struggle of the flood and coming here to Dutchtown because we didn't have the facilities, I have so much pride right now," St. Amant head coach Joleigh Hartman said. "I commend these girls. We went from practicing in the morning to having to practice at night, and it started to be long hours on all of us.

"These girls set a goal at the beginning of the season, and that was to win district and go far in the playoffs. We have the pieces of the puzzle finally fitting in, and it's a great feeling."

Dutchtown tied the game at 1-1 in the second half, but a goal by Adelaide Gaffney at the 59th minute put St. Amant ahead 2-1, and they never wavered.

Coach Hartman likes the way her team has been playing in the last month. She said that it should give them momentum heading into the playoffs.

"I think we're playing really great right now. We're on an eight-game winning streak, and that's giving us great motivation," Hartman said. "It feels great to know that this week we had to fight through district rivals--both EA and Dutchtown--and come out with a win against both. That's huge. We came out here wanting it, so I couldn't be prouder of this team."

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