MORGAN CITY — The Morgan City Lady Tigers, the No. 11 seed, dominated on offense in a 6-0 victory against Belle Chasse, the No. 22 seed, Friday in the first round of the Division 2 girls’ soccer playoffs.
The scoring onslaught included a hat trick by sophomore Celeste Williams, who scored via a penalty kick, a breakaway goal, and right before the half, knocked a loose ball following teammate Sarah Patterson’s corner kick into the net.
Patterson added two goals in the contest, including an amazing 30-yard free kick that appeared as if it would sail over the goal before falling through.
“The first two goals were penalty kicks and after that … we got into a routine,” Morgan City coach Trevor Patterson said. “We knew we wanted to put it away in the first 20, 25 minutes, which we did.”
The Lady Tigers (15-11-2) got on the board early via Ashley Rock’s penalty kick.
In the 17th minute, Williams scored her first goal via another penalty kick. Her kick deflected off Belle Chasse goalie Elise Humphrey’s hands and into the goal.
The Lady Tigers would increase their lead to 3-0 in the 23rd minute when senior Carmen Araujo passed to Williams, who got past the defender and got a shot past the goalie, who had come up to defend.
Patterson had the next two goals, one via the outstanding free kick and another after Williams found her in the middle of the field.
Williams finished the scoring with a goal off Patterson’s corner kick.
Morgan City had more opportunities to score in the first half as well as the second but couldn’t get the ball in.
Belle Chasse (7-11 overall) kept Morgan City scoreless after a change of goalies in the first half, and in the second half, they were able to work on offense a little more.
“I would have loved some more goals in the second half,” Trevor Patterson said. “Patterson missed a penalty kick, and we should have had some more. I’m not one to run up the score but another two or three just to get them into the groove before Tuesday would have been nice. I felt that they kind of laid back a little bit in the second half with the attacking side. And Belle Chasse, hey, they have heart.”
Belle Chasse coach Julie Heflin said her squad played “as hard as we could.”
“We did awesome,” Heflin said. “I’m more than proud of my players. Morgan City’s a great team. They’re going to go far. I really enjoyed this game. It was a great game.”
Friday’s game was a rematch of an earlier season contest in which Morgan City won 6-0.
Morgan City will face another rematch Tuesday when it travels to face No. 6 Lakeshore, who defeated Morgan City 3-0 earlier this year in Morgan City.
The game will begin at 5 p.m. at Lakeshore. A preview of the contest will be in Tuesday’s paper.