LAFAYETTE — Applying constant pressure accomplished a couple of things for Teurlings Catholic in its first-round, Division III girls soccer playoff game Friday.
Not only did the Rebels prevent the Minden Crimson Tide from entering scoring territory, they also registered six first-half goals in an 8-0 win at Rebel Field.
“We have some athletic players. So, if we can keep it down there (near the goal), when we win the ball back, we tried to do the best we could in those situations,” Teurlings coach Chase Talley said. “We had a couple of nice goals, but we also didn’t execute as well as we wanted to.”
The Rebels’ first shot of the match went wide right, but they soon found the mark against Minden. Jordyn Lastrapes found the back of the net just over seven minutes into the match to give the Rebels a 1-0 advantage. Freshman Kaitlyn Poirrier doubled that lead with a goal before Claire Savoie launched a looping shot from roughly 25 yards out that made it to 3-0.
“Sometimes we were just able to use our athleticism, and it was a case of just trying to get a ‘W’ in the playoffs,” Talley said.
Junior Mackenzie Marze scored the first of her two goals nearly midway through the opening half to make it 4-0. Senior Kaitlyn Camel scored less than a minute after Marze’s goal to provide the Rebels with a 5-0 cushion. Lauren Robichaux accounted for the final goal of the first half to put the margin at six.
While Minden was dealing with the Rebels’ offensive attack, they were unable to counter, failing to register a shot in the first 40 minutes.
Talley said at times the Rebels tried to be the aggressor a bit too often.
“We just have to keep the ball sometimes and not force it forward so much,” Talley said. “We try to force feed it sometimes.”
The second half enabled the Rebels to give some reserves an opportunity to get playoff experience heading into a meeting with Leesville in the next round. Marze notched her second goal to raise the Rebels’ lead to 7-0 in the second half. Freshman Gracie Stelly’s goal closed the match with nine minutes left on the mercy rule.
The Rebels (11-9-6) will travel to Leesville to take on the eighth-seeded Wampus Cats on Wednesday.
Talley said the lead-up to Mardi Gras and the day after should not be a major factor for his squad.
“Some years, I have seen people have to play semifinals on Mardi Gras,” Talley said. “The girls are focused and ready to play.”