Morgan City High School’s girls’ and boys’ soccer teams were in action this weekend at the Hahnville Tournament and the Copa Cup, respectively.
Morgan City’s girls finished 1-2, while its boys finished 0-3.
In girls’ action, Morgan City fell to Comeaux, 3-0, and eventual tournament champion Hahnville, 1-0. On Sunday, the squad defeated East Jefferson, 1-0.
Against Comeaux, Morgan City coach Trevor Patterson said two mistakes led to Comeaux goals, while they got another goal.
“They were a very good team, but we have played better teams with a better result,” Patterson said.
In the second game, Patterson said the Lady Tigers went into the game with a defensive mindset, and with freshman Hannah Toups in goal, the Lady Tigers surrendered just one goal in the 20th minute via a Morgan City defensive miscue.
“Hahnville couldn’t score,” Patterson said. “We shut down everything they had. Backup freshman goalie Hannah Toups had a great game in goal … Everyone played their part in this game.”
Against East Jefferson, Morgan City’s Carmen Araujo scored the Lady Tigers’ lone goal in the 50th minute.
“Our defense has been doing a tremendous job,” Patterson said. “It’s time our forwards step up and start scoring goals if we are to go anywhere in district play.”
In boys’ action, Morgan City dropped a 1-0 contest to Opelousas and fell 5-1 to East Jefferson, both on Friday, while on Saturday, the squad fell 1-0 to Menard.
Against Opelousas, Opelousas scored in the last five minutes via a header for the win.
“Both teams played very well, and it was a very close game,” Patterson said. “We had plenty of chances as did Opelousas.”
Against East Jefferson, Daniel Alvarado scored the Tigers’ only goal via a penalty kick.
“They were fast,” Patterson said of East Jefferson. “We just couldn’t shut down their speed. They made very good thru balls and (would) outrun our defense.”
Patterson said that this year’s squad is simply battling youth and inexperience as they have three or four freshmen participating as well as another three or four players that just began playing in recent years.
“It’s a disadvantage Morgan City has compared to the other schools,” he said. “But the boys play hard and with heart, and that means a lot more sometimes. It’s unfortunate with the losses because like any sport, when you keep losing, you start losing interest, your moral comes down and your mindset going into every game is ‘we are going to lose.’
“We start district play in two weeks. That is where we really need to step it up, and if necessary, make changes on the field.”
While both teams were set to host Belle Chasse today, due to conflicts, Patterson said they will instead hit the road to face Belle Chasse. Boys’ action will begin at 5 p.m. followed by the girls’ game at 7 p.m.