The march to an eighth consecutive state title game continues.
St. Scholastica, which has won four of those championships — not to mention the past two Division I state titles — looked strong Saturday afternoon against Acadiana. The fourth-seeded Doves benefited from two first-half goals and defeated the fifth-seeded Rams 2-1 on Saturday afternoon in a quarterfinal playoff at the SSA Athletic Complex near Covington.
SSA (15-2-4) advanced to face the Byrd/Fontainebleau winner (slated for Monday) in the semifinals. Acadiana ended its season with a 19-8 record.
The Doves climbed on top in the third minute when Gabbi Angelle booted a close-range shot into goal. The home team scored again in the 13th minute when Mary Lynn Schwing laced a shot into net from about 15 yards out.
Not to be outdone, Acadiana’s Hailey Daigle bumped a shot into goal to close the score to 2-1. That ball came in the waning minutes of the first half.
The remainder of the first half was closely played, and neither team threatened the goal after the Rams narrowed the gap to one goal. SSA outshot Acadiana 4-3 in the first half.
The second half was devoid of much offense, with both teams vying for possession throughout the final 40 minutes. But SSA was able to keep the ball close in hand, which allowed the Doves to keep Acadiana at bay.
“This time of year, you know you’re going to get a good shot from every one you play,” SSA coach Mike Ortner said. “The girls played well today and it was a good match for us.”