LAFAYETTE — The St. Thomas More Lady Cougars soccer team hadn’t scoring goals in flurries lately.
The Cougars scored two goals in their opening round playoff win against Pearl River on Friday. Tuesday night at Cougars Stadium, STM had no trouble in the goals department, tallying a 7-0 win against DeRidder in a Division II regional layoff game.
“I am very happy that we put some goals in the back of the net,” STM coach Daniel Underwood said. “We’ve struggled to score goals the last few games, so I was happy we did a better job at finishing our chances.”
Underwood said it was some mental training as well the technical training in practice that led to Tuesday’s onslaught. The goals came early — a third-minute strike from Julia Richard. The goals came often — STM led 5-0 at halftime.
Seven Cougars scored. Kennedy Louviere flicked it in off a Richard assist in the 23rd minute for the second goal. Four minutes later, the DeRidder goalkeeper was off her line, allowing STM’s Kat Whitman to tally the Cougars third goal.
STM also got a little lucky. In the 39th minute, Jean Marie Boullion struck a ball hard and right at the goalkeeper. The goalkeeper seemed to control it, but it trickled in for the Cougars’ fourth goal. One minute later, Natalie Lejeune sent in a perfect pass to Lily Pavy who buried it in for the 5-0 advantage.
The game took place mostly on the STM side of the field; the Cougars defense allowed just two shots on goal. Underwood said defense has been the bread and butter for STM.
“We’ve been strong defensively all year,” he said. “We just try to continue to play well there, but it was a good evening.”
The Cougars will face E.D. White on the road in the quarterfinals. E.D. White defeated Lutcher 2-1.
Underwood said he knows E.D. White has had some good results this year and said they’re capable of pulling the upset if the Cougars do not quickly put Tuesday night’s game behind them.
“Anytime you win a game like this, you worry about having a bit of a lapse in the next game,” Underwood said. “We know it’s going to be tough. We know they’re a good team and they’re battle tested.
“When you get to the quarters every team you see is going to be good and the lower seeds always have a possibility to upset. We’re just going to take the show on the road and see if we can move on to the semis.”