SCOTT — Acadiana girls soccer coach John Carriere said the battle the Rams were in Wednesday in their 3-2 Division I second-round victory over cross-town rival Lafayette was exactly what he expected.
“It was what I thought it would be, and it could have gone either way,” Carriere said. “We came out pressing hard, but it was still even at halftime. Of course, the two goals in the second half were huge for us.”
Hailey Daigle got the scoring started in the 10th minute and Lafayette equalized in the 35th minute on a goal in traffic off of freshman Kelli Self. With the score tied at 1, the Rams came out of halftime on the attack.
Daigle got her second goal in the 52nd minute when she rushed the box, kicked it through the keeper’s hands and buried it the back for a 2-1 lead. Two minutes later, Emma Young got the ball on the sideline and the goalkeeper was out defending her. She won the ball and scored to make 3-1.
The Lions got a goal in stoppage time to make it 3-2, but time ran out and the Rams escaped with a hard-fought win.
Carriere credited Daigle’s relentless approach with the reason she ended with a two-goal game.
“Hailey’s presence is incredible,” Carrier said. “She worked really hard for us. She knows her job. She’s relentless on the pursuit, and that’s why she gets so many goals The hard work pays off.”
With the score 3-1 in the 74th minute, the Lions nearly cut the lead in half, but Rams goalkeeper Jolie Cary made a diving save to maintain the two-goal advantage. Carriere’s save ended up being a lot bigger than the Rams thought at the time.
“It was huge save,” he said. “Jolie has done an incredible job for us all year. I can’t believe she’s only a sophomore. She has the heart and drive, and she really takes care of us in the back line.”
Acadiana will take on St. Scholastica, a 2-0 winner over Caddo Magnet on the road in the quarterfinals.
“This is a great win, but it doesn’t matter now,” Carriere said.
“The road here from now is going to be tough, and we’ll have to play with great effort to move on.”