Lakeshore-Mandeville Girl Soccer Picture

Maleah Haley (18), of Mandeville High, battles for a ball with Julia Chapton of Lakeshore.

If you ask Mandeville girls soccer coach Sean Esker how good his team is, he will tell you he doesn’t really know yet.

Well, after defeating the defending Division II state champion and cross-town rival Lakeshore 1-0 Monday afternoon to move to 9-0 on the season he may have his answer. Mandeville is ranked third in the latest LHSAA Division I state power rankings.

After a scoreless first half that saw both  defenses battle for most of the 40 minutes, Mandeville scored in 43rd minute when senior Lauren Fayard’s pass was headed in by a streaking Katie Greene to give the Skippers the lead.

Greene nearly made it a two-goal game a minute later on a breakaway, but her shot was just wide. She also had a shot on goal in the 55th minute.

“We had a lot of chances to score in this game, and I could have finished on a lot more goals,” Greene said. “I’m glad we were able to breakthrough and get that goal because it turned out to be the game-winner. It couldn’t have happened without a great pass from my teammate (Fayard). (It was a) good fight against a good Lakeshore team. This is what we do.”

The schedule doesn’t get much easier for the Skippers to close this year. Mandeville hosts defending Division IV state champion Newman on Wednesday and later this month hosts defending Division I state champion Mount Carmel on Dec. 22.

“I don’t think this team has reached its potential yet because we haven’t started league play,” Greene said. “That is where the challenge really lies, and then we will know what kind of team we have this year. We have the potential to be good. We just have to go out there and prove it.”

Lakeshore (2-5) returns to action Friday night when they travel to Hannan.

“I thought we played well defensively tonight,” Lakeshore coach Wes Leake said. “But when you have to defend 80-90 percent of the game, you kind of have no room for error. I thought we held our own, we just have to put more pressure on opposing teams’ defenses.”

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