THIBODAUX — The Morgan City Lady Tigers rallied from a 2-0 halftime deficit with three second-half goals for a 3-2 victory against E.D. White in district soccer action Friday.
Following some halftime adjustments, Morgan City’s comeback began three minutes into the second half when the Lady Tigers netted an “own” goal after a free kick by Morgan City’s Sarah Patterson deflected off an E.D. White defender and into the goal
“It was the spark we needed,” Morgan City coach Trevor Patterson said.
Three minutes later, the Lady Tigers scored again when Carmen Araujo got past the defense and passed the ball in front of the goal to Hannah Toups, who knocked it in to tie the game at 2.
Morgan City kept up its pressure and in the 54th minute, Araujo broke the defense and scored the eventual winning goal.
“This was a great comeback for the girls. They all played their part,” Trevor Patterson said.
While things ended great, they didn’t start that way.
In the first half, E.D. White had struck first with a goal in the sixth minute with a shot over the Morgan City goalie’s head from 25 yards out.
“They continued the pressure, and we seemed very flat on our side,” Trevor Patterson said. “We started getting some chances, but at the time, we were only playing one attacker up top, trying to play more bodies in the defense midfield area.”
The Cardinals scored again in the 34th minute for a 2-0 advantage.
E.D. White 8,
Morgan City 0
The Morgan City Tigers ran into a buzz saw Friday as E.D. White, Division 2’s fourth-ranked squad, shut them out 8-0.
E.D. White set the tone early as they scored the game’s first goal in under a minute and added five more in the first half for a 6-0 halftime advantage against the young Tigers.
E.D. White added two more goals in the second half.
“They are ranked up in the top for a reason,” Trevor Patterson said. “I would actually say they should be ranked higher and will go far in the playoffs.”
The loss snapped a two-game district winning streak for Morgan City, (3-13 overall, 2-1 in district play.)
Things don’t get any easier for the Tigers and Lady Tigers as they host state soccer powerhouses Vandebilt Catholic Tuesday in district play. The Terriers are ranked No. 7 in Division 2, while the Lady Terriers are ranked No. 1 in Division 2.
Action will begin with the girls’ contest at 5 p.m., with the boys’ contest to follow.