Northshore High School kept the offensive pressure on Barbe for nearly all of their Division I first-round girls playoff game.
That pressure paid off with a goal in the first half and another in the second half as ninth-seeded Northshore defeated No. 24 seed Barbe 2-0 to advance to the second round.
Northshore takes on the winner of No. 8 Byrd and No. 25 Carencro.
From the opening whistle Northshore (14-5-3) kept the offensive pressure on Barbe, keeping the ball in Bucs territory for most of the game.
Samantha Jordan had a chance to break through in the 34th minute on a penalty kick after a hand ball by Northshore, but her shot went wide.
Four minutes later, the senior put the Panthers on the board with a goal off a deflection.
“The ball was kind of mixed up in weird places in the box,” Jordan said of her goal. “Everyone was working hard to get the ball out of the box. When it got out of the crowd, it was in the air and I was able to get it into the back corner for the goal.”
Jordan said the game plan was to keep the pressure on Barbe as much and as long as they could.
“At times this season we have struggled to keep possession of the ball and keep our composure, particularly early in games,” she said.
“I think a couple of players were a little nervous for this first-round game, but once we got that first goal, everybody really calmed down and just did what they were supposed to do and have been doing all season long.”
For the match, Northshore outshot Barbe 17-6.
Monti St. Amant gave the Panthers the insurance goal they needed in the 76th minute, pushing the lead to 2-0.
“This was a very important game for us because we know this is step one of what we want to be five,” St. Amant said. “I couldn’t be more proud of my team. This is a great win and everybody contributed.
“Our approach, offensively, is if you want to give us a foot then we are going to take a yard. We are going to continue to attack and drill you with shots and shots and shots until finally we break through. Samantha was able to do that for us in the first half and I was fortunate enough to get one through in the second half.”
St. Amant said her squad is playing with a tremendous amount of confidence.
“Nobody has seen our best yet,” she said. “We hope to continue to build on what we are doing and get better and better.”