For the past two seasons, the Mandeville girls soccer team has experienced heartbreak in the second round of the state playoffs.
Monday night at Sidney Theriot Stadium, the Skippers broke the streak thanks to a senior who was part of those two previous losses.
Senior Katie Greene had a pair of first-half goals to help the No. 8 Skippers defeated No. 9 Lafayette 5-0 in the regional round of the Division I state playoffs.
With the win, the Skippers (21-5) advance to the state quarterfinals to take on the winner of top-seeded Acadiana and No. 16 Dutchtown, which square off Tuesday night. Mandeville lost to Acadiana 3-2 in its only other meeting this season on Dec. 29 in the Mandeville tourney.
Lafayette ended its season 15-7-3.
The win for the Skippers, who will be seeking their first trip next week to the semifinals since 2015, stopped a two-game playoff losing streak. The Skippers lost to Northshore 3-2 in 2017 and were defeated in a penalty-kick shootout against Barbe in 2016.
Mandeville came out significantly more aggressive than the Lions from the start, wasting little time before scoring. On an assist from junior Maleah Haley, Greene’s shot in the sixth minute found the back of the net to give the Skippers a 1-0 advantage.
It only took three minutes for the Skippers lead to increase their lead to 2-0 on a Krista Prescott’s goal.
Greene finished the first-half scoring on a goal off an assist by Maggie Sides in the 21st minute.
“This has been such a special team to work with,” Greene said. “I can only speak for myself, but it is definitely a lot of weight off my shoulders to finally get out of the second round of the playoffs.
“Actually our struggles in the playoffs these last two seasons never really came up. It was important this week to just try and live in the moment. I think that was important. Leave that stuff behind us and focus on this game tonight.”
While the Mandeville offense exploded for three goals in the first half, the defense was equally as impressive, holding Lafayette without a goal for the first 40 minutes.
Sophomore Aubrey Olin opened the scoring for the Skippers in the second half with a goal in the 50th minute and freshman Maggie Sides finished off the scoring with a goal in stoppage time.