LAFAYETTE — Top-seeded Vandebilt Catholic proved to be too tough for No. 9 Teurlings Catholic.
The Terriers scored two early goals on the way to a 3-0 victory over the Rebels in a Division III quarterfinals Saturday evening at Rebel Field. It was the second time this season that Vandebilt had bested Teurlings. The previous meeting Dec. 12 ended with a 3-2 win for the Terriers.
Vandebilt (26-3-3) didn’t waste any time setting the tone, scoring its first goal at the 6:40 mark.
Vandebilt’s Haley Collins drove along the backline then the left side of the goal before dumping the ball to Elena Callejas, who had positioned herself perfectly in front of the net. Callejas quickly took the pass and drilled it into the right side of the net.
Six minutes later, Vandebilt struck again as Grace Champagne split multiple Teurlings Catholic defenders and powered a goal past the Rebels goalkeeper. In the first 12 minutes, Vandebilt had built an impressive 2-0 lead and never looked back.
Teurlings (12-10-6) struggled to penetrate Vandebilt’s defense. For nearly 35 minutes of the first half, the Terriers kept the ball on their side of the field and constantly tried setting up shots on goal.
Teurlings’ first real shot on goal didn’t occur until there was only five minutes left in the opening half.
Vandebilt put the game away at the 15-minute mark of the second half as Hannah Cuneo found the back of the net.
Teurlings kept fighting until the end and had a few somewhat clean shots on goal late in the second half, including a pair of penalty kicks by Jordan Lastrapes, but none managed to find the back of the net as Vandebilt goalkeeper Emma Guidry thwarted all attempts.
Teurlings has now lost in the quarterfinals three straight years, with the last quarterfinal win coming against St. Louis in the 2013 Division II quarterfinals. The Lady Rebels won back-to-back state championships in 2011-12.
With Teurlings Catholic’s loss, as well as Acadiana’s loss Saturday to St. Scholastica in Division I, that leaves only four teams from the area remaining in the girl soccer playoffs.
In Division IV, top-seeded Catholic-New Iberia plays Northlake Christian on Monday, while Ascension Episcopal takes on Pope John Paul II the same day.
In Division II, St. Thomas More faces district foe Carencro in the quarterfinals at 6 p.m. Monday.