LAFAYETTE — Controlling the game from the start, No. 10 Isidore Newman upset No. 7 Ascension Episcopal 4-0 in the regional round of the LHSAA Division III girls soccer playoffs on Monday.
The Greenies dominated the midfield throughout the game, and sophomore forward Sophie Andry pumped in all four goals to lead Newman to victory.
Newman coach Lynsey Winkler said she was confident her team could go on the road and pull off the upset.
“We’ve had a tough schedule, so we knew we could compete on the road in the playoffs,” Winkler said. “I told them going out that it would be a battle, and the first five or 10 minutes would be key.”
Her team responded, opening the scoring in the 10th minute, with Andry beating a defender at the top of the box and unleashing an unstoppable shot off the underside of the crossbar.
Andry followed her solo effort 10 minutes later, finishing off an extended passing move by knocking in a cross from fellow sophomore Frances Sperling in the 20th minute.
Winkler said Andry’s performance was huge for the team, with the young forward finishing almost all of the chances presented to her in the game.
“We struggled early in the season to find the back of the net, so it’s nice that it is coming around in the playoffs,” Winkler said. “I’m really proud of the way she played.”
Sperling and junior Lilia Kuhn combined to form a deadly combination down the right for Newman, using combination play to advance down the right and play in crosses.
Ascension Episcopal coach Adrian Boyle said the play of the two right-sided players was the difference in the match.
“The only player I was truly afraid of, who I thought could really hurt us, was (Sperling),” Boyle said.
Newman dominated the midfield throughout the game, holding the ball for large portions of the first half.
Senior midfielder Sasha Lasky, one of the two seniors in the starting lineup, was the key cog in the middle for the Greenies, putting in successful tackles throughout the midfield and then transitioning her team into the attacking third.
“(Lasky) had an amazing game today, we knew we needed to work it around to the weak side, we worked on that a lot this past week at practice,” Winkler said.
Newman will face the winner of No. 15 Episcopal of Acadiana and No. 2 University Lab in the quarterfinal round.
If University Lab advances, the Greenies will face a team that has beaten them this season, but Winkler said despite having a young team, her players have playoff experience after advancing to finals last season.
“We faced them earlier in the season and we lost, so they know how much of a battle it is going to be,” Winkler said. “The big thing is just going to be trying to keep them focused.”