It was cold Thursday night, but the Thibodaux girls soccer team remained red hot against Terrebonne in nondistrict action.
Two goals from Gracie Melancon helped keep Thibodaux undefeated on the season with a 4-1 victory.
Maegan Terrell and Ariel Dufresne each added a goal for Thibodaux.
Gabby Champagne scored the lone Terrebonne goal.
“It was definitely not our best game, but they played well,” Thibodaux coach Katie Degruise said. “They had a little bit of a lull where we broke down. We were slipping all over the field. You need games like this to show you where your flaws are.”
“Thibodaux’s early goal made us chase the rest of the game. It got us a little bit out of our game plan,” Terrebonne coach John Hebert said. “They were aggressive and made things happen, and it worked well for them.”
Thibodaux (12-0-2 overall) got on the scoreboard swiftly in the fifth minute.
After getting the ball in the penalty box, Melancon did some nifty dribbling and booted a seven-yard shot past Terrebonne goalkeeper Carlie Clement (seven saves) for the goal.
In the 24th minute, Terrell rebounded a deflected shot and booted the ball eight yards in for a 2-0 Thibodaux lead.
Terrebonne (14-3-2 overall) had several good scoring chances in the first half, including an uncontested shot from Aaliyah Van Buren.
However, Thibodaux goalkeeper Alden Southall (six saves) stood tall in the net.
“Our girls are always aggressive when it comes to winning the ball and offense,” Degruise said. “We’re very quick. I have a lot of athletes. We’re able to out-muscle people here and there, and that works to our benefit.”
“At the end of the first half, our shots were almost even, even though they had the better possession,” Hebert said. “But they converted theirs, and we didn’t convert ours.”
Terrebonne made it 2-1 six minutes into the second half.
Champagne got the ball along the sideline and blasted a 25-yard shot just inside the post and past Southall.
Champagne nearly tied the game in the 51st minute, unleashing a 20-yard shot that Southall was able to save.
Thibodaux responded in the 54th minute when Melancon kicked a 10-yard shot that rolled into the net.
Dufresne sealed the win the 60th minute, rebounding a twice deflected ball and booting it four yards in the net.
“Something we really work on with the girls is motivation. You get a goal scored on you, you get it back really quickly,” Degrusie said. “We have a very tough defense. Two very strong center defenders – Olivia Bilello and Karli Marse. Our outside defenders are really fast. They give us a big offensive push. We always tend to be more offensive in our defense, which helps.”
“We just tried to seize the game a little bit better. That created that scoring opportunity, “Hebert said. “Unfortunately, we made an error and gave a goal right back and took the momentum away from us. The girls played hard. We just got to learn from our mistakes.”
Thibodaux begins District 5-I action next week, while Terrebonne returns to District 5-II play.
Both sides feel they are better prepared because they faced each other.
“Thibodaux is a quality team. That’s why we scheduled this as we head back into district,” Hebert said. “It showed us if we make mistakes at the wrong time, we’re going to give up goal. We can’t afford that in the heat of the race.”
“Our girls have played hard through pre-district and gotten ourselves in a good position. Now we face some really tough district teams,” Degruise said. “Terrebonne is a great team. I love to play them right before district because they really push and their really solid in their possession game. That helps us.”
TERREBONNE 6, THIBODAUX 0 (BOYS)
Also in Thibodaux on Thursday night, the Terrebonne boys soccer team (9-1-7 overall) topped Thibodaux (4-2-2).
Johan Cruz scored three goals to spark Terrebonne. Mauro Ramiez, Cameron Dowden and Jahzeel Guido each added a goal.
Thibodaux goalkeeper Kristian Townson had seven saves. Terrebonne goalkeeper Dorian Lirette had four saves.