It didn’t take long for the Country Day Cajuns long to score, and one goal is all that it needed.
Lucy Butterbaugh scored in the sixth minute for the Cajuns, and the defense took it from there to help the 12th-seeded Cajuns move past No. 21 Northlake Christian 1-0 in a Division IV first-round of the LHSAA girls soccer playoff game Thursday.
The Cajuns (8-11-2) defense did their part after the initial score, getting two key saves late and forcing the Wolverines into missing shots all afternoon.
Country Day coach Glenn Benjamin was pleased with his team’s effort while looking forward to their next opponent, fifth-seeded Catholic-New Iberia.
“Northlake is a team that always brings out the best in teams,” he said. “They have quite a few players that never stop working. We’ve got to get ready for our next game, we need to get a little sharper and we need to get the girls to understand that every game has its own results. Moving on to New Iberia it’s going to be a tough game but we’re prepared, we’ve been getting better every game so we just need to refocus and get ready for the next one.”
Butterbaugh said her team played well but needs to improve offensively after struggling on their shots Thursday.
“I think we definitely need to get focused and prepare for next week’s game,” she said. “I think we’re definitely going to have to work on shooting because we struggled a little bit with that today, but I think if we get our focus down we’ll be fine moving forward.”
Northlake Christian (8-10-1) managed to keep the ball on Country Day’s side of the field late in the first half and early in the second half but couldn’t come away with any goals while only managing to get two shots on goal the whole game.
A young team after graduating many starters from last year, Northlake Christian coach Amber Grose said she’s confident in the team’s direction the team is headed.
“Honestly we knew from the beginning of the year that our year was going to be about learning something,” she said. “I think we lost seven starters from last year and we have so many fresh legs so this year was all about building and getting better as individuals. We got more than we expected today, we learned something about ourselves, which is that we have more than we thought we had in us. I think (that's) going to be huge for us going into next year so I’m just really proud of them.”
The Cajuns will visit Catholic-New Iberia on Wednesday, in the regional round.