Only a few weeks are left in the high school soccer season and already teams in the Baton Rouge area are playing a weather-fueled version of beat the clock.
In Division I, District 5 girls action, East Ascension (14-8-1) is scheduled to host parish rival Dutchtown (9-7-2, 3-2) at 6 p.m. Friday, weather permitting.
And weather permitting, because of this week’s heavy rain, is the operative term as teams scramble to get in all their district games before the regular season ends. EAHS is ranked ninth and beat Dutchtown 3-0 in the first round of district play.
Dutchtown already had its two games with league leader Baton Rouge High postponed by weather conditions. Louisiana High School Athletic Association playoff pairings for boys and girls teams will be announced in less than three weeks.
“It’s tough right now because we really need to play,” EAHS coach Chris Goodall said. “When the field conditions are so bad, it’s a safety issue and the game you play really doesn’t resemble soccer. We’re hoping we can get this one in.”
Rebecca Austin leads EAHS with 23 goals, while Ally Miller has 19. Ashley Alexander leads a Dutchtown squad that is starting three freshmen.
Another girls showdown originally scheduled for Wednesday has been moved to Saturday and is now part of a Division III, District doubleheader.
Episcopal hosts University for the girls contest at noon. The teams met in the semifinals a year ago. Meanwhile, the second-ranked University High boys (10-2-5) meet the No. 6 Episcopal boys at 2 p.m.
Two ranked teams will also collide in Division I, District 5 boys action on Saturday, when seventh-ranked St. Amant (16-3-1) hosts No. 10 Baton Rouge High (13-6) at 1 p.m. Saturday at The Pit-St. Amant Middle School.