The Fontainebleau girls soccer team knows that to repeat as a Division I quarterfinalist this year — or to preferably advance further — they needed to get a solid start to this year’s playoffs.
The Bulldogs accomplished that goal Friday night in a bidistrict home match.
Seventh-seed Fontainebleau defeated 26th-seeded Hahnville 6-0 at the Dawg Pound in Mandeville.
Fontainebleau will host Acadiana in the regional round of the Division I playoffs. That match is expected to be held Wednesday.
Fontainebleau (14-5-4) didn’t wait long to make a statement against Hahnville. In the third minute, sophomore forward Bailey Tadlock broke up the right sideline and drove to the middle of the Tigers box. Tadlock split two defenders on the drive, and knocked a crisp shot to the left side of the net to give Fontainebleau a 1-0 lead.
Senior Diana Goff followed in the 16th minute when she rolled a left-footed shot into the bottom right corner to put the home team ahead by two goals.
“It was really important to score quickly,” Goff said. “When you do that, it gives the momentum to your team and sometimes after that, you can start pounding the goal. In some cases, it takes a bit longer, like it did (Friday), but it helped set us up for more goals and helped us boost our confidence.”
The home team increased its lead to 3-0 just before halftime on a header by Brie Webb at point-blank range.
Jamie Wetekamm scored again with only seconds remaining in the half to push the lead to 4-0.
The Bulldogs attempted six shots in the first 16 minutes and outshot Hahnville 12-0 in the first half. Fontainebleau had a 21-1 edge in shots in the match.
Maddi Cerise increased the Fontainebleau lead in the 65th minute when she followed a put-back into the Hahnville box to make the score 5-0. Goff fired a shot from the left side into the top of the net two minutes later to move the lead to six.
Hahnville’s only shot on goal came during the 74th minute when Fontainebleau had started to substitute liberally.
“Sometimes in the playoffs, you come out on your heels,” Fontainebleau coach Carly Hotard said. “You don’t want to become complacent. We see some of the best teams in the state right here in our district, and we weren’t exactly sure what to expect from Hahnville. ... And defensively, we’ve been really tough to close out the season. I have about six girls I rotate in the back, and they’re fighting for minutes. It’s hard, but it’s a good problem to have.”