SCOTT — The rivalry between the Lafayette and Acadiana high school girls soccer teams has gone the Lions’ way a lot more often than not in recent years.
In fact, no current Acadiana player had beaten Lafayette before Monday night’s match.
“It’s been a very long time,” Acadiana’s Riley Miller said. “The rivalry is still strong, and we play a lot of them in club. We wanted to be the team that beat them.”
Miller did her part by scoring the first goal in the 22nd minute. She said she took a touch and just turned to shoot — left-footed — and the ball snuck in. The Rams led by two at halftime, and they mostly dominated the back line for a 3-1 win.
“(Lafayette) had a lot of speed on their back line,” Acadiana coach John Carriere said. “I would have liked a little more combination play.
“If we would get in and use combination, we could beat her, and that is what happened on the third goal.”
In the 77th minute with the score 2-1, Acadiana’s Monique Hundley broke free, and Bailee Cary found her with a perfect pass. Hundley found herself one-on-one with the Lafayette keeper, made a quick move and netted the Rams’ third goal.
The Lions got their goal on a controversial penalty call in the 71st minute. Arieal Alexander went in with almost a sure goal, but Acadiana’s Kennedy Smith broke it up with what appeared to be a clean challenge.
The referee saw it otherwise.
“I thought it was a bogus call,” Carriere said. “I thought our backs cleared the ball — and I’m going to say that because the call was against me, obviously.
“I don’t believe it was a penalty. It was a good challenge, the ball was cleared and it was a nice play.”
Kylie Hanks took the penalty and put the Lions within one. Aside from the penalty, the Rams defense was lights-out, allowing just five shots on goal. When Lafayette did get shots, freshman keeper Jolie Cary made the save.
“Jolie’s done an outstanding job for us,” Carriere said. “I forget sometimes that she is a freshman. She takes control of the back line the way a senior would. Kennedy Smith in the back line didn’t let anything past us, and she was a big part of why they didn’t score any goals except the penalty.”
Despite this being a down year for Lafayette, Carriere said they were there to win. He credited his team with not being complacent at 2-1 and getting the third goal to secure the win.
“It’s certainly a plus that we didn’t let it get away,” he said. “No matter the record, Lafayette High is our rival, and I know they came out to play us really hard tonight.”