Alyssa Stevens’ final penalty kick goal clinched a shocking 4-3 upset victory for the No. 10 Bucs against No. 7 Mandeville in the Division I girls state soccer playoffs Monday night.
After Mandeville missed its first two penalty kicks, Barbe’s Jillian Bech and Kelli Sonnier made their shots.
Jena Burkhart and MacKenzie Manuel made the third and fourth PKs for the Skippers and the Mandeville goalie was able to stop the third shot from Barbe. However, the Bucs made their final two shots to clinch the upset win.
“This team never gives up,” Barbe coach Todd Hoffpauir said. “They never stop believing. We found a way tonight. It was an incredible game. What I love about this team is they never quit. They have been down before, but they never stop fighting.”
With the win, the Bucs (24-4-3) advance to the state quarterfinals. The Bucs awaits the winner of Wednesday’s matchup between No. 2 St. Joseph’s and No. 18 Comeaux.
Manuel got the Skippers on the board 49 second into the match. Off the opening kick, Manuel found her way behind the Barbe defense to give the Skippers an early lead.
The leading scorer for the Skippers on the season, Manuel’s second goal of the night came in the 18th minute. After taking in a pass, Manuel overpowered a pair of Barbe defenders and found the back of the net for her 27th goal of the season.
Efficient in its offensive attack in the first half, Mandeville score two goals on five shot attempts.
The Bucs cut the lead to 2-1 in the 66th minute when Abigail Bath’s shot got past Mandeville goalie Jordyn Pellegrin.
The sophomore forward tied the game in the 75th minute when her streaking shot found the back right corner of the net.
Halfway through the first overtime period Fayard founder herself one-on-one with the Barbe goaltender and after a collision her shot gave the Skippers a 3-2 advantage.
With three minutes left in the second overtime period, Barbe senior captain Kelli Sonnier scored on a 35-yard moon shot that narrowly got over the fingertips of Pellegrin.
The two teams battled to a pair of scoreless two five-minute golden goal overtime periods.
It was the second matchup of the season between the two squads. The Skippers defeated the Bucs, 2-1, on Dec. 29.
“We picked the wrong night to play a bad game against a decent team tonight,” Mandeville coach Sean Esker said. “They (Barbe) punished us for our mistakes.”