It only took 60 seconds for Ben Franklinto get on the board the first time. It wouldn’t be the last time the Falcons scored though — not even close.
Junior Kristen Brown led the way with three goals as eighth-seeded Ben Franklin dominated ninth-seeded Benton 6-0 Tuesday at Tad Gormley Stadium to advance to the Division II girls quarterfinals of the LHSAA state tournament.
Brown scored the first goal just over a minute into the game and the Falcons never looked back.
Sophomore Savannah Dixon put up another goal 15 minutes later, and it only took the Falcons another three minutes to get on the board again when freshman Lily Marcus scored.
Senior Sydney Steiner scored one more for Ben Franklin in the 31st minute to give the Falcons a 4-0 halftime lead. Brown scored again in the 64th and 73rd minute for the final score.
“It was a good result,” Ben Franklin coach Jose Ferrand said. “We scored early which is a good thing to do in the playoffs and set the tone for the game. We have a tough game coming up against St. Thomas More, so hopefully we can keep this going. We still got to work on keeping ourselves focused in order to prepare for the next game.”
Brown said she was pleased with her team’s effort throughout the win.
“We wanted to get on the board as soon as we could to get momentum going and we definitely did that,” she said. “Against St. Thomas More we’re just going to come out, do our best and hope for the best. It’s all about who comes ready to play, and hopefully that’s us.”
Benton, of Bossier Parish, struggled to get on the Falcons side of the field most of the game, though it did manage a few breakaways, however none of them resulted in goals for the Tigers. Benton coach Mike Connor felt the early goal set the tone for the rest of the game.
“When you come out in a game like this and you give up a goal early it just deflates you as a team,” he said. “You’re starting the game off from behind and now you just have to fight to get back in it. We had really good chances. We created chance after chance and at the end of the day if we’re not the team that puts them in the back of the net then that’s the result we’re going to get.”
St. Thomas More is the No. 1 seed in Division II and ended Ben Franklin’s postseason last year. The game will be played next week at St. Thomas More in Lafayette.