Over the past two postseasons, the second round of the state playoffs has been the stumbling block for the Mandeville High girls soccer team.
Senior Katie Greene was determined not to let that happen again on Feb. 5, and she came through in a big way.
Greene had a pair of first-half goals to help the No. 8 Skippers defeat No. 9 Lafayette 5-0 in the bi-district round of the 2017 LHSAA Division I state playoffs in Mandeville.
The win for the Skippers, who next week will be seeking their first trip to the state semifinals since 2015, stopped a two-game playoff losing streak. The Skippers lost to Northshore 3-2 in 2017 and were defeated in a penalty-kick shootout against Barbe in 2016.
Coming out aggressively from the start, Mandeville wasted little time before scoring. On an assist from junior Maleah Haley, Greene’s shot in the sixth minute found the back of the net to give the Skippers an early 1-0 advantage.
It only took three minutes for the Skippers lead to increase as Krista Prescott’s shot was successful to make it 2-0 MHS.
Greene finished out the scoring in the first half on a goal that was assisted by Maggie Sides in the 21st minute.
“This has been such a special team to work with,” Greene said. “I can only speak for myself, but it is definitely a lot of weight off my shoulders to finally get out of the second round of the playoffs.
“Actually, our struggles in the playoffs these last two seasons never really came up. It was important this week to just try and live in the moment. I think that was important. Leave that stuff behind us and focus on this game tonight.”
While the Mandeville offense exploded for three goals in the first half, the defense was equally as impressive, holding Lafayette without a goal for the first 40 minutes of the match.
Sophomore Aubrey Olin opened the scoring for the Skippers in the second half with a goal in the 50th minute, and freshman Maggie Sides finished off the scoring with a goal in stoppage time.