A pair of goals from sophomore Jamie Raines helped No. 4 Lakeshore defeat No. 5 Alexandria 3-0 in the state quarterfinals of the Division II girls soccer playoffs Monday night at Titan Stadium.
With the win, the Titans (14-6-6) advance to the semifinals for the second consecutive season. Lakeshore will travel to Lafayette to take on top-ranked St. Thomas More, which defeated Carencro 8-0.
The game will be a rematch of the COPA Acadiana championship game in which Lakeshore defeated STM 2-0 earlier in the in the season.
Dominating the first half in terms of offensive possession, Lakeshore’s best early chance to score came in the 13th minute. On a Jordan Carter corner kick, Shannon Roussell’s header went just wide of the goal. Presley Molitor also had a shot on goal in the 17th minute for the Titans.
Lakeshore outshot the Trojans 7-1 in the first half but failed to find the back of the net.
Alexandria’s first shot on goal came in 23rd minute on a corner kick.
“We just needed to get that first goal,” Lakeshore coach Wes Leake said. “You could tell at halftime that our girls were just itching for that goal. I told them to just continue to take shots and keep doing what you are doing. As soon as that first shot went in, it was like a waterfall. The goals just started flowing.”
Megan Paul’s right foot nearly gave Lakeshore the lead in the 47th minute, but her bending shot sailed just above the crossbar.
The drought finally ended for the Titans in the 57th minute when Raines launched a shot at goal which was initially stopped by the Alexandria goaltender but trickled into the goal to make it 1-0 Lakeshore.
Raines added another goal in the 73rd minute, which was sandwiched around a goal from senior captain Emma Claire Furman in the 67th minute.
“It was frustrating not getting goals early, especially with all the shots we were getting,” Raines said. “Once we got that first goal, we were able to slow down and it calmed us down and just allowed us to play our game.”
Advancing to the state semifinals for the second consecutive season, Leake said he hopes his team has learned the lessons from a loss last year to Loyola Prep.
“This is definitely when you want to have that extra focus,” he said. “We have talked about being in the right state of mind. Hopefully this team will be in that mode.”
The game was delayed nearly three hours by a torrential downpour and lighting at Titan Stadium.