Dominican’s kickoff to the Division I girls soccer playoffs might best be described as a grind. The kind of which, though, that postseason dreams are made.
Forwards Jasmine Ferrier and Olivia Singleton each scored first-half goals and midfielder Isabella Cordoba contributed a third to account for a 3-0 first-round victory against Comeaux on Thursday afternoon at Pan American Stadium.
Dominican (16-8-3) snapped out of a two-game funk that produced season-ending losses to Mount Carmel and Ben Franklin to win for the seven time in nine matches.
A Division I state champion in 2011 and a state quarterfinalist last season, 12th-seeded Dominican will travel to Shreveport to face No. 5 seeded Byrd (17-8-3) in next week’s regional round.
A No. 21 seed and fifth-place team from District 2-I, Comeaux (9-11-2) concluded its season on a two-game losing streak with its fifth lost in six matches.
“We were a little slow getting started,’’ Dominican coach Al Silvas said. “At times we were a little sloppy with the ball and more than I would like. But come playoff time teams are going to give it their all because each game could be their last. Comeaux did that.’’
Ferrier scored the only goal Dominican needed with a kick from about 60 feet away to end 13-plus minutes of scoreless play in the first half.
Singleton followed with Dominican’s second goal on a kick from about 60 feet away with 11 minutes, 15 seconds remaining in the opening half to give the District 6-I runner-ups a 2-0 advantage at halftime.
Cordoba finished the scoring with a 75-foot effort with 3:15 remaining in regulation.
“There were some times when we were doing well and made some nice passes and there were some other times when we lost concentration,’’ said Ferrier, a 5-foot-4 eighth-grader.
“I definitely think that we didn’t play to our highest potential,’’ said Singleton, a 5-10 junior. “I think we definitely can play better. We have a lot of injuries right now, so we can play better when we get a few of those players back next week. I think we definitely took this team for granted and need to come out with a better work (ethic) for the next game.’’
Dominican relied on its defense to control the match while outshooting Comeaux 33-5.
Senior Claire Perez and eighth-grader Rowan French combined in goal on the shutout that included numerous stops by the team’s back defenders.
“That’s something we try to pride ourselves on is limiting other teams’ (scoring) chances,’’ Silvas said. “So I definitely was happy with (the team) for that. I liked the way we continued to grind through the match. Even though we had a two-goal and then a three-goal lead, we never allowed them to get in the game much.’’
Next comes a Byrd team that advanced to the semifinals last season after a trip to the final in 2016.
“It’s definitely exciting,’’ Silvas said. “Byrd has a good history going for the last couple of years. So we’ll definitely have to be ready for this next one.’’
Despite its two season-ending losses, a 1-0 loss to reigning state champion Mount Carmel and a 2-1 decision against Ben Franklin, Silvas has cause for optimism.
“We have a lot of moments when we are able to play at a high level and definitely more of a high level than not,’’ Silvas said. “So I’m definitely pleased with that and we hope to keep it going a while longer.’’