Lady Gators’ win over St. Michaels highlights light week of prep soccer

ON THE MOVE:  Captain Shreve senior Brooklyn Lattier (8) moves on the attack in the Lady Gators’ game with St. Michaels last Saturday. (Photo by DAVID ERSOFF, Journal Sports)

By DAVID ERSOFF, Journal Sports

Week 2 of the high school soccer season is always slow, as it comes over the Thanksgiving holiday. It was limited even more by Pineville’s Rebel Cup being canceled due to Mother Nature. Fortunately, wet weather did not stop DIII St. Michaels from making the trip from Baton Rouge to face DI foes Benton and Captain Shreve.

Saturday’s only area game was Shreve hosting St. Michaels at Lee Hedges. Mother Nature was involved in this contest, with steady rain and wind. This did not stop local fans from coming out to support the Lady Gators.

The game started a bit slow as both teams were getting used to the conditions, while guarding against any silly mistakes. In the 13th minute, Lady Gator Emma Bradford found Maddie Aubrey running down the right side and delivered a beautiful leading pass. Aubrey took a couple of touches and shot from 25 yards out, just under the crossbar, and put Shreve up 1-0. St. Michaels keeper Kristen Rudge got her fingertips on the shot, but was not able to keep it out of the net.

Shreve settled into a rhythm with possession and had some more opportunities at goal but could not add to the lead. That changed in the 39th minute when the ball was bouncing around the box. Aubrey found Alex Knight open in front of the goal, and she rewarded the pass by putting the ball in the back of the net for a 2-0 Lady Gators advantage.

The second was a much more evenly played, with both teams having opportunities at net. Rudge and Shreve keeper Avery Watson each made a highlight-reel type of save, even more difficult with the wet conditions. They were the stars of the second half, neither yielding a goal, as the local team notched an impressive victory.

The Lady Gators had 6 shots on goal, 2 corners, while committing 7 fouls, including 1 yellow card. The Lady Warriors had 2 shots on goal, 4 corners, while also committing 7 fouls, and drawing 2 yellow cards.

In other news involving the Shreve program, senior Brooklyn Lattier has committed to play soccer at Texas A&M-Texarkana, an NAIA school.

The Lady Warriors started their visit Friday night against Benton at Airline High, and dispatched the Lady Tigers 7-2. After being dominated in the first half, falling behind 5-0, the Lady Tigers played an even second half. Benton got late goals from Jaime Willis and her sister Jenevieve.

Soccer Scoreboard

Girls 

Caddo Magnet 5, Natchitoches Central 0 (11/21)
Haughton 1, Ruston 1 (11/21)
Byrd 3, St. Amant 1 (11/22)
St. Michael’s 7, Benton 2 (11/25)
Captain Shreve 2, St. Michael’s 0 (11/26)

Boys

DeRidder 2, Loyola 0 (11/21)
Ouachita Parish 4, Haughton 1 (11/21)
Caddo Magnet 1, Airline 1 (11/22)
Shreve 2, Neville 2 (11/22)
Bossier 3, Northwood 1 (11/22)

Contact David at dersoff@bellsouth.net