Post by Scott Crawford on Mar 18, 2013 18:42:41 GMT -6
SLIDELL GIRLS WIN SOCCER STATE TITLE Times-Picayune, The (New Orleans, LA) - Sunday, February 17, 1991 Author: DENNIS TYMKIW Correspondent
Ann Felder's penalty kick in the first sudden-victory overtime period Saturday gave the Slidell Tigers a 3-2 victory over the Mandeville Skippers in the girls soccer state championship game.
Since last winning the state title in 1985, Slidell had reached every state final except one but had always finished second to crosstown rival Northshore. The Tigers, which finished 15-2, had lost the last three title games.
Felder said she felt pressure before taking the penalty kick, but she wanted to make it for her teammates.
"I was thinking this has got to go in, because this is how we're going to win it," Felder said.
Slidell's defense kept the attack in front of the Mandeville net during the first half, and Kelly Thomas capitalized on the pressure to score the first goal with 13 minutes gone in the first half.
Thomas controlled a ball from Cindy Van Zandt in front of the goal, then pushed it softly past Mandeville keeper Kate Cassidy.
A penalty against Van Zandt set up Felder for the second Tigers goal, which came on a direct free kick. Felder lobbed the ball just under the crossbar into the goal with 13 minutes gone in the second half.
Mandeville's Ashley Kreis scored at the 26-minute mark when she controlled a rebound off Slidell keeper Nicole Dugas, knocking in an easy shot in front of the goal.
Bente Holvik, Mandeville's leading scorer, tied the game with six minutes left on a penalty kick.
Regulation play ended tied at 2, as did the two 10-minute overtime periods, setting up two five-minute sudden-death periods.
The teams met twice during the regular season, with Slidell winning a tournament game in December and Mandeville winning, 8-6, in overtime to win the District 2 championship.
Mandeville finished 19-4, after going 6-0 in District 2. Slidell was 5-1 in district.
Mandeville Coach Joe Saragusa said he was disappointed with the result, but pleased with his team's play.
"This game was a lot different than the last one," he said, referring to the high-scoring district championship game. "It was a tough game, and both teams played hard."
Despite the loss, Saragusa said he is optimistic about the future of Mandeville soccer . "We've got a lot of talented freshmen," he said. "We'll be around for a while."
Slidell Coach John Barone said he did not want to go into overtime but felt his girls were ready to play, especially defensively.
"Since we started the playoffs, we've been playing better defense," Barone said. "We came into this game with two shutouts in the playoffs, and we told the girls there was no reason why we couldn't get another."
Mandeville had a tough time reaching the final, going into overtime to win its last regular-season game, against Slidell, then going into overtime in two playoff games.
Slidell beat Baton Rouge, 1-0, in its first playoff game, then stopped Newman, 6-0, to reach the final.
Post by Scott Crawford on Mar 19, 2013 10:17:04 GMT -6
1994 Girls February 19, 1994 Lafayette High Baton Rouge (won) Lafayette
BRHS, Sullivan go after state soccer titles today The Advocate (Baton Rouge, La.) - Saturday, February 19, 1994 Author: SCOTT RABALAIS A newspaper article hangs in the Baton Rouge High locker room, recounting last year's girls state championship soccer game.
It's a reminder of the Lady Bulldogs' loss to Comeaux, which followed their loss in the 1992 final to Slidell. It's a reminder to Sheila Achee's team of what can happen to them this year if they don't come ready to play against a Lafayette team that handed BRHS its only regular season defeat in three seasons.
Achee is confident her team has gotten the message.
"In each playoff game we talked about what happens when you're not ready to play," she said. "This is the kind of team that remembers. Some of these kids have lived with the desire to win for four years. They've lived with the last two years of heartbreak and they're ready."
The Lady Bulldogs and Lady Lions meet at 11 a.m. today at Lafayette High for the state championship. Meanwhile in Baton Rouge, Bishop Sullivan and Vandebilt Catholic meet at noon at Woodlawn High for the Division II boys championship.
Baton Rouge High has won everything but a state title the last three years. The Lady Bulldogs are 56-3-2 since 1992. Two losses were in the state finals. The two ties and the loss to Lafayette came this season.
BRHS beat Lafayette 5-0 and 5-3 in Lafayette but lost in a tournament here 1-0. BRHS is 20-1-2 overall, Lafayette is 14-6-4.
If the Lady Bulldogs fail this time, comparisons with the Buffalo Bills may become popular.
Senior forward Catherine Ranken already knows about them.
"Yes, I've heard that one several times," she said and laughed.
"Being compared to the Buffalo Bills is hard because people talk about the Bills and us choking every time we get (to the championship)," Senior midfielder Elizabeth Lee said. "We just have to go and prove ourselves."
Lee is BRHS' leading scorer, followed by midfielder Jenny Streiffer. In goal is sophomore Sara Krupa, younger sister of former BRHS soccer star, Kathy Krupa, now at Arkansas.
"If we play our best and put together a good game, we can beat Lafayette," Achee said. "The kids are confident, not cocky. They're fully aware of what they have to do." 1995 Girls February 18, 1995 Baton Rouge High Baton Rouge 2 Ben Franklin 0
BEN FRANKLIN FALLS IN GIRLS TITLE GAME Times-Picayune, The (New Orleans, LA) - Sunday, February 19, 1995 Author: JILL R. DORSON St. Tammany bureau BATON ROUGE
Baton Rouge repeated as girls state soccer champion Saturday, defeating Ben Franklin , 2-0, in the final.
The Bulldogs scored once in each half and outshot Ben Franklin , 24-7.
"I thought we played well in places," Baton Rouge coach Sheila Achee said. "We have a lot of seniors; there was a lot of apprehension about this being their last game. It's hard to be the person everyone wants to beat every game."
Baton Rouge (22-1-1), which has played in the championship game from 1992-95, won its first title last season. The Bulldogs got a first-half goal from Erin LeJeune and a second-half goal from Kristina Keenlside. LeJeune scored when the ball caromed off teammate Kristen Raymond's leg, and LeJeune put the ball over Ben Franklin goalkeeper Julie Kanter. Keenlside scored on a cross from Katie Thomas.
"It was an excellent game, and Baton Rouge is an excellent team," Ben Franklin coach Pat Roche said. "I was very pleased with the game. We build on this."
Ben Franklin (25-4-1) reached the state final for the first time. Senior forward Dawn Dalili (20 goals) virtually was shut down. Kanter, a senior goalkeeper, had 21 saves.
"I think we have done something that no one else from our school has ever done," Kanter said. "We played our best. I felt like I came to do what I had to do. I wanted to finish on a good note."
Kanter kept Baton Rouge at bay all afternoon. When Jenny Streiffer dribbled into the goalie box and shot, Kanter made a sliding save. When Jeanette Andrews shot from the right side, Kanter dove and grabbed the ball on the goal line. When Keisha Herron tried heading the ball, Kanter plucked it out of midair.
"Julie did an outstanding job in goal," Roche said. "We couldn't generate an offense."
Said Achee: "Their goalkeeper was excellent. She kept it from being (worse)."
Baton Rouge led 1-0 at halftime, but Achee was settled until the Bulldogs scored their second goal.
"That second goal was like a relief," Achee said. Baton Rouge took 13 shots in the second half.
For the players, winning a second championship was satisfying.
"It was great," Streiffer said. "It was intense. We knew it was going to be tough. It's a relief. All the pressure. I'm glad to know it's over."
Post by Scott Crawford on Apr 2, 2013 8:56:23 GMT -6
1997 Division I March 1, 1997 Slidell High Slidell 3 Woodlawn BR 2
TIGERS' GREENE GETS MESSAGE, WINNING GOAL Times-Picayune, The (New Orleans, LA) - Sunday, March 2, 1997 Author: TAMMY LEIGH COOK Staff writer Two games ago, Slidell's breakthrough goal scorer Kristen Greene couldn't break into the starting lineup.
"She was my starter (at midfield), but I sat her down," Tigers coach Travis Smith said. "I said, 'I'm not going to start you until you do what I want. You're not doing what I want.' "
But Greene obviously followed instructions Saturday in Slidell's 3-2 Division I championship soccer victory against Baton Rouge Woodlawn.
Greene took command in all areas of the field but made her mark when she headed in the Tigers' go-ahead goal.
"I thought Lauren (Cuyler) was going to get it, but it went over her head," Greene said. "I thought, 'This is it. I either get it or we don't score.' "
It turned out that if she had not scored, the Tigers might not have won. They did not score in the second half.
Smith said Greene is an example of how the team responded to take the state championship.
"She knew what teamwork was," Smith said. "She played well."
Greene said she had two games to think about what was not going right in her game.
"It took me awhile to figure it out," Greene said. "I had started to lose confidence and I think he (Smith) noticed that."
Senior co-captain Kati Mayer and striker Breyanne Brooks were glad Greene responded.
"With Kristen sitting, we were trying to find the strongest player and we kind of thought she was it," Brooks said. "She certainly proved it to us today."
Mayer and the team did not know what to expect when Greene arrived in Slidell this summer. Greene moved from Hawaii and stepped right into the Slidell soccer program.
"We had never played together before," Mayer said.
But judging from the pats on Greene's back and the congratulations from teammates, Greene earned more than a breakthrough goal.
Mayer said seeing the younger players develop gives her confidence in what is to come for Slidell soccer .
"They're going to do it again next year," Mayer said.
SLIDELL GIRLS GET FOCUSED, WIN STATE TITLE Times-Picayune, The (New Orleans, LA) - Sunday, March 2, 1997 Author: TAMMY LEIGH COOK Staff writer Slidell's girls soccer team took pride that no team had scored more than one goal against it in a game this season.
The Tigers' pride was hurt in the first 20 minutes of their Division I state championship game against Baton Rouge Woodlawn at home Saturday. But after the Panthers' Jenny Gill scored two quick goals, Slidell's Breyanne Brooks responded with two goals to help the Tigers to a 3-2 victory.
"We had never got two goals against us in a game," Brooks said. "It made us a little jittery."
But those nerves turned into determination when Lauren Cuyler threw in a ball to Brooks that Brooks turned into the Tigers' first goal.
Early on, Slidell shot high and wide. On one attempt in the 19th minute, the Woodlawn goalie came out of the box but missed the ball. Cuyler took control and eyed the unguarded net but fired wide left.
Four minutes later, Brooks converted.
The Tigers (19-0) outshot the Panthers (23-5-3) 12-10 in the first half.
Brooks booted a direct kick to tie the score in the 29th minute, and Kristen Greene headed in a corner kick for the go-ahead goal in the 33rd minute to give the Tigers a 3-2 halftime lead. There was no scoring in the second half.
The Panthers were taken out of their game when Slidell warmed up its offense.
"We came out strong," Woodlawn coach Ayed Laymoun said. "I think the pressure got to them. But they held on. They were very aggressive and attacked. You have to give it to Slidell."
Brooks said the key to slowing Gill was keeping composure. She said when the Tigers remained calm through her attacks and marked her well, Gill lost her patience.
"We heard stuff like if you rattled her, she would stay rattled," Brooks said. "She couldn't run the field like she wanted to."
Laymoun called Gill to the sideline seven minutes into the second half.
"I said, 'You have to be more aggressive,' " Laymoun said. "She was a little tired."
Brooks was fatigued as well. She signaled to be taken out 13 minutes into the second half, and Cassia Price moved to striker for the Tigers.
Price attempted a couple shots, but the second half was a defensive struggle.
Sweeper Kati Mayer said the Tigers talked about those two first-half goals and focused on closing the holes and increasing the intensity.
"That was our decision at halftime," Mayer said. "We said 'That's it, no more goals.' "
The Tigers held true to their resolve. Sophomore goalie Trece Jordan and her defenders staved off three corner kicks late in the game, and Jordan came out three times to avert shots by Gill.
"We worked together as a team," Slidell coach Travis Smith said.
The game got more physical in the second half. The battle for midfield supremacy turned bloody when Price and Woodlawn's Kristy Kidd went up for a header and collided. Kidd came out with blood streaming down her face from a cut on her left eyebrow and nose.
Cuyler received a yellow card in the closing minutes for kicking a ball once the ball already had rolled out.
But Laymoun said the game was hard fought all around.
"They gave us a good game," Laymoun said. "It was anybody's game."
For Slidell, the victory left little question that the Tigers were underestimated during the season.
"We were No. 9 on the polls but No. 1 on the field," Mayer said, referring to the LHSSA coaches poll.
SLIDELL HOPES TO EARN MARK OF A CHAMPION Times-Picayune, The (New Orleans, LA) - Saturday, March 1, 1997 Author: TAMMY LEIGH COOK Staff writer The Slidell girls soccer team literally has been marked for success.
The Tigers will play host to Baton Rouge Woodlawn at 1 p.m. today for the Division I state championship. Slidell principal Joseph Buccaran made the game a Principal's Choice "Mark Event."
Co-captain Kati Mayer said the team had butterflies just making the finals, but being marked makes the game all the more significant.
"That makes us nervous," Mayer said. "We're what he thinks is most important."
At Slidell High, the administration designates certain athletic contests as "Mark Events," where the classes compete for the highest fan attendance by percentage. Buccaran picks one event each year, the players say.
"We felt honored to get picked," co-captain Vantana Harding said. "We're excited we made it this far."
The Tigers earned pure athletic kudos for turning in an 18-0 record and making the state championship game with first-year coach Travis Smith.
Slidell scores its points from an attack offense, but it kept opponents out of games this season with a stingy defense led by the co-captains. Mayer is the sweeper, and Harding plays stopper.
The Tigers' defense allowed eight goals this season - no more than one goal in any game.
"I feel sorry for the girls on defense," Smith said, referring to the lack of attention they get. "They've stopped a lot."
But the team was underestimated this season. Though the Tigers went undefeated, the LHSSA coaches poll ranked them ninth going into the playoffs.
"I guess they thought we were a young team and couldn't get it together," Mayer said.
Smith said the team will have to play together to win.
"I hear they're (Woodlawn) very similar to us but more physical," Smith said. "They're going to be good."
Nicole Sprung and Lauren Cuyler scored in the semifinal victory against Baton Rouge last week. Cuyler, Sprung, Cassia Price and Breyanne Brooks form the core of the Tigers' offense.
Brooks and Sprung have speed that makes defenses work to chase them, while Price's ballhandling and Cuyler's size and leg strength make Slidell's offense hard to stop. Combined with the defense, Slidell hopes to maintain its perfect record.
"No one has beaten us yet, and we hope to continue that," Mayer said.
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2000 Division I Girls February 26, 2000 Pan American Stadium St. Thomas More 2 Mandeville 0
ST. THOMAS MORE TAKES TITLE AGAIN - GARBER'S GOALS SINK SKIPPERS, 2-0 Times-Picayune, The (New Orleans, LA) - Sunday, February 27, 2000 Author: Jim Rapier Staff writer St. Thomas More, which had scored at least five goals a game in the soccer playoffs, could not seem to crack a stingy Mandeville defense in a scoreless first half of the girls Division I state championship game at Pan American Stadium on Saturday.
The Cougars, with a stiff wind at their backs, took four shots, but their offense, and particularly Tiffany Garber, finally solved Mandeville 's defense in the second half.
For the second consecutive game, Garber, who scored three goals in the semifinals, came up big. She scored two goals in a four-minute span to lead St. Thomas More to a 2-0 victory and a second consecutive Division I title.
The game was a rematch of last year's final, and the victory was the 24th in a row for the Cougars after losing their opener to Carencro, 4-1. Mandeville , the District 9-1 champion, finished 21-4-4.
"It is a little different than last year because we came into this year knowing we would be stronger than last year," STM coach Brad Cohen said.
With returning All-State players Rachel Cohen and Mandy Puckett, as well as Garber, the potent Cougars controlled the pace in the first half, but Mandeville , with returning All-State player Nina Ghoniem, did not seem rattled. The Skippers managed one shot in the half but had a couple of crosses that just missed the mark.
"Their defense did a great job marking our forwards, and we were banging the ball too much," Cohen said. "We were not passing. In the second half, we had more movement in the midfield."
The goals were scored in the 64th and 68th minutes. The first one came when Puckett lofted a free kick into the box, and after a collision between Garber and Mandeville 's Emily Bordes, Garber hooked a shot to the left side of the net. The second goal was off a corner kick that Cohen sent into the box and Garber headed into the left side of the net.
"On that first one, I was able to stay on my feet," Garber said. "On both of them (goals) they (Puckett and Cohen) gave me a great ball. ... I was getting nervous when we had not scored in the first half."
"We lost our marks on the goals," Mandeville defender and captain Katie Pesses said. "There was a lot of frantic running around. It was unfortunate because we played our hearts out."
The quick goals seemed to take the wind from the Skippers' sails after they had managed two strong shots, including one from point-blank range, in the first eight minutes of the second half.
"We didn't let up," Mandeville coach Wendi Frosch said. "We just got beat by a better team. Nobody wants to lose, but if you are going to lose, then you want it to be to a better team. ... Injuries were bogging us down, and we had overcome a lot to get here. We were not supposed to be in the finals. It was supposed to be a rebuilding year, and they made something awesome of it."
SKIPPERS' COACH HOPES FOR SENSE OF URGENCY
Times-Picayune, The (New Orleans, LA) - Saturday, February 26, 2000
Author: Jim Rapier Staff writer
Considering the opponents in this year's Division I girls soccer state championship game, Mandeville and St. Thomas More, it is hard to look toward the game without also looking back to last year's final.
In soccer 's last resort to deciding a game -- penalty kicks -- St. Thomas More made all of its attempts and Mandeville missed one as the Cougars won last year's state title, 3-2. The penalty-kick phase followed 80 minutes of regulation with the teams tied, 1-1, 20 minutes of overtime that left the teams tied 2-2, and 10 minutes of scoreless sudden-death overtime.
After last year, excuse either team if it enters today's rematch at 11 a.m. at Pan American Stadium with a businesslike, calm confidence, not too wide-eyed concerning the magnitude of what's at stake. The title-game hype and pressure is not new to Mandeville (21-3-4) and St. Thomas More (22-1).
And that is exactly what concerns Mandeville coach Wendi Frosch.
"Coming out flat is not the way to start against St. Thomas More," said Frosch, who said she felt her team was a little too relaxed in practice a couple of days ago. "That would be my worst nightmare.
"We must play like we may never get here again. We have to play Mandeville soccer , which is good one-touch passing, great shots and annihilating defenders."
If a sense of urgency is what Frosch is looking for, then she knows St. Thomas More is good enough to produce that. The Cougars, led by returning All-State MVP Rachel Cohen and Tiffany Garber, are fast-moving and quick-striking and have not scored fewer than five goals in any game in the playoffs.
Mandeville will counter with what usually has been sound defense in the playoffs led by Katie Pesses, Emily Bordes and keeper Cullie Grantham and an opportunistic offense led by Nina Ghoniem, Gina Deitering, Emily Roach and Sarah Peter.
Deitering, a captain, said she felt the Skippers were a touch overconfident last year because they had defeated the Cougars earlier in the season. That is not the case this time; the teams have not played this year. It may give Frosch what she wants.
"It is so different being a senior than it was a junior," Deitering said. "Last year I knew I had next year, but now this is it. And you have to think like that (no matter the year). Win or lose it is a great accomplishment to get to the finals, but I've already done the second-place thing. I want to do the first-place thing."
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2001 Division I Girls February 28, 2001 Tad Gormley Stadium Mount Carmel 1 Caddo 0 (OT)
Mount Carmel wins in OT - MOUNT CARMEL 1, CADDO MAGNET 0 Times-Picayune, The (New Orleans, LA) - Thursday, March 1, 2001 Author: Sheila Mulrooney Eldred Staff writer She'd practiced the play so often and missed it so much it became a joke among the Mount Carmel Cubs. Senior midfielder Mollie Landry might not get it right in practice, but she would probably get it right in a game.
She couldn't have picked a better time to deliver the punch line. With less than two minutes left in the first overtime of the District I state championship soccer game against Caddo Magnet, Landry's header off of junior midfielder Kristin Frischhertz's free kick sailed into the goal.
"I finally got it in in the game we needed it most," said Landry, who estimates she got the play right in practice 10 to 20 percent of the time.
"I was just praying somebody got on the end of it and that I would kick it good," Frischhertz said.
Cubs junior goalkeeper Brittany Turner made four saves in the final overtime, including two in the final two minutes, to preserve the lead. Despite rain, the team fell into a shrieking pile in the middle of the field, and fans rolled and slid across the wet grass in celebration.
At the beginning of the season, with star senior Theresa Dwyer out for the year with an ACL injury and only one other returning senior on the roster, Coach Sean Esker never expected the Cubs (23-7-3) to win their first state championship this year.
"I was not expecting this kind of success," he said.
Neither was the team, especially not after finishing third in district.
"I never expected this to happen," Frischhertz said. "I thought we blew it in district, but we stepped up in the playoffs and played better than we'd played all year."
Landry's sister, junior Margaret, said she was fouled when a Caddo player pushed her from behind. That foul gave Mount Carmel the free kick that led to the goal.
"That was a joke," Caddo coach Chase Wooten said. "There was no foul there."
But Margaret Landry said it was a legitimate call.
"I took one for the team," she said.
In the first half, Mount Carmel outshot Caddo 15-6. The Cubs took the first eight shots of the game and dominated until Caddo's offense got going at about the 20-minute mark. Five of Caddo's shots in the first half were threatening shots on goal.
Mount Carmel continued to dominate in the second half, outshooting Caddo 9-3. Caddo ( 26-1), of Shreveport, hadn't trailed all season. The Mustangs continued finding prime opportunities, but couldn't finish. In overtime, the Cubs took only three shots to Caddo's five.
"We had a couple quality chances," Wooten said. "We didn't finish, and they finished theirs."
Sheila Mulrooney Eldred can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or (504) 826-3839.
An article in Thursday's sports section incorrectly reported the name of Mount Carmel's goalkeeper. Sophomore Bonnie Nobles is the goalkeeper for Mount Carmel and was named outstanding defensive player at the Division I girls soccer tournament Wednesday.
Unbeaten Caddo next for Cubs
Times-Picayune, The (New Orleans, LA) - Wednesday, February 28, 2001
Author: Sheila Mulrooney Eldred
When Mount Carmel soccer coach Sean Esker found out his girls soccer team would finish third in district and earn a wild-card playoff spot, he sat down with the team and asked it a question.
"Does anyone know who the Baltimore Ravens are?"
Apart from being Super Bowl champions, Esker pointed out that the Ravens were also a wild-card team.
"I told them that now, this is a 32-team, five-game season," Esker said. "Once you're in, you're playing a different season. Everybody's got the same chance once you make it to the postseason. Now it's a one-game season with two teams, and we're still here."
Although Mount Carmel is the first wild card team to make it to the Division I girls championship soccer game, the Cubs' opponent doesn't see them as a true wild card.
"In all honesty, they're not really a wild-card caliber team," said Chase Wooten, coach of Caddo Magnet (26-0) of Shreveport. "From what I've seen, there are two or three state championship caliber teams in that district."
The Cubs (22-7-3) shut out three of four playoffs opponents for a total of 21 shutouts this season.
"Our team defense really stepped up, especially in playoffs," Esker said. "On offense, we just try and make sure we make the most of our opportunities."
Neither team has seen the other play, although Caddo had to defeat Mount Carmel rival Dominican to get to today's 4 p.m. championship game at Tad Gormley Stadium, and it wasn't an easy task. The game was scoreless until the final 10 seconds, when the Dominican goalie dove for a crossed ball and missed, giving Caddo the goal and the victory.
"It's our first time to make it this far with either the guys or girls," Wooten said. "It's a rare opportunity to actually get this far."
Caddo got rooms on Mardi Gras night because of a canceled reservation.
Three busloads of fans are following the team; students who take the bus will be excused from school.
Three busloads won't fill up the 10,000-seat Tad Gormley Stadium, but both teams said they're excited to play at a neutral site.
More than that, they're excited to play in the championship game, which neither team has done before. Mount Carmel lost in the second round of playoffs last year. In the previous two years, the Cubs lost to the eventual state champion.
"When you start a season, your goal is to win district and state," Esker said. "We weren't fortunate enough to win district, but now we're in a position to win the war."
As for playing the day after Mardi Gras?
"Obviously, with a chance to play in the title game, we don't mind giving up this year's Mardi Gras," Esker said.
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2001 Division II Girls March 1, 2001 Tad Gormley Stadium Newman 2 Parkview Baptist 1 (OT)
Newman quietly marched to final Times-Picayune, The (New Orleans, LA) - Thursday, March 1, 2001 Author: John Reid Staff writer Newman's girls soccer team didn't win district.
It didn't have a starting lineup of experienced players. Seven from last season had to be replaced because they graduated.
So Newman wasn't one of the most talked about teams in the metro area. Country Day was the defending champion. The Academy of the Sacred Heart entered the playoffs ranked No. 1 in the state Division II coaches poll.
But guess what?
There are 30 teams in the division that would like to be where the Greenies (15-4-2) are now. Tonight Newman plays Parkview Baptist for the championship at Tad Gormley Stadium as the Greenies try to win their second title in three years.
Parkview Baptist defeated Country Day 1-0 in the semifinals to earn its berth.
"Nobody expected us to be here," said Newman first-year coach Tooraj Badie, a former assistant at Sacred Heart.
"We sort of took the back door route. But we have great team chemistry, and I told them to concentrate on having fun."
The Greenies finished second in District 6-II, losing to champion Sacred Heart twice. Their other losses were to Country Day and St. Amant.
"We were the underdogs with only three seniors," co-captain Liz Hardin said. "But our coach told us anything is possible."
Newman has allowed 16 shots on goal in the playoffs, taken 53 and averaged three goals.
"This team wants it so bad," Kendall Winingder said.
Post by Scott Crawford on Apr 5, 2013 13:00:26 GMT -6
2002 Girls Division III February 22, 2002 Tad Gormely Stadium Newman 4 Country Day 0
Newman doubles its title pleasure - Greenies leave no doubt with 3 second-half goals Times-Picayune, The (New Orleans, LA) - Saturday, February 23, 2002 Author: Lori Lyons Staff writer The Newman girls soccer team successfully defended its Division III state championship Friday night by taking a 4-0 victory against Country Day at Tad Gormley Stadium.
Country Day was the state champion in 2000, and Newman in 2001. And the teams had split their regular-season games in District 8-III play this season.
as The Greenies went into halftime with a 1-0 lead. Then Newman scored three more goals in the second half, and held the Cajuns to four shots on goal in the game.
"If you had told me the score was going to be 4-0, I would have been shocked," Newman coach Tooraj Badie said. "I thought it was going to be 1-0, one way or the other. I can’t say enough about the girls. We came out flat, but after the first 15 minutes or so we settled down."
The key, Badie said, was that first goal, in the 37th minute of play -- a second-effort shot by Artemis Antippas that followed a save by Country Day goalkeeper Hayden Foley. Foley successfully knocked the ball down once but didn’t contain it, and Antippas saw the opening.
The Greenies made it 2-0 in the 46th minute when Nina Walmsley’s corner kick bounced off a Newman defender and into the goal. In the 63rd minute Walmsley scored by heading a throw-in by Lauren Couvillion.
Couvillion, who played stellar defense and kept the Greenies attacking with several impressive throw-ins, was given the Nokia Sugar Bowl Outstanding Player Award.
"We weren’t sure what to expect because they had won (a match), and we had won on," said Couvillion, who had to sit out last year’s championship season because she was ineligible. "I guess it was just who wanted it more this game."
Country Day, which defeated Newman 1-0 in district play, started strong and had the Greenies (17-4-2) on the defensive for the first 15 minutes. The Cajuns (17-6-1) controlled the ball and kept it on Newman’s side of the field for most of that time. But the Cajuns got only one shot on goal -- a penalty kick from 12 yards out that Lauren Seaman missed wide left.
"When you have a chance to score like that and you don’t get it, it just deflates you a lot," Country Day coach Colin Rocke said. "After that, we didn’t get many chances to create opportunities like that.
"Their goals all came from corner kicks and throw-ins. . Corner kicks and throw-ins are very dangerous. We didn’t defend them well enough. And they were much better than us. "
Post by Scott Crawford on Apr 5, 2013 13:30:02 GMT -6
2002 Division I February 23, 2002 Tad Gormley Stadium Mount Carmel 2 Mandeville 1
Jesuit, Mount Carmel take championships - Dupre, Frischhertz lead way in OT victory for Cubs Times-Picayune, The (New Orleans, LA) - Sunday, February 24, 2002 Author: Lori Lyons Staff writer Mount Carmel won its second Division I girls soccer state championship in as many tries Saturday, taking a 2-1 victory from Mandeville in overtime at Tad Gormley Stadium.
The Cubs (25-6-2) successfully defended their title with their third consecutive overtime victory. Jonee Dupre scored the Cubs’ lone goal in regulation and Kristin Frischhertz scored in the first of two 10-minute overtime periods to give Mount Carmel the victory.
Frischhertz, a senior midfielder, not only won her second soccer state championship, she also won her second Outstanding Player of the Game award.
"Once we got to overtime I was confident," Frischhertz said. "I knew we had it. We had been in overtime the last two games and won, so I wasn’t worried."
Actually, both teams needed overtime to win their past two playoff victories, so it really was no surprise when these two teams needed an extra 20 minutes to determine the 2002 Division I state champion.
After a scoreless first half, Mandeville senior Genevieve Duryee broke the stalemate just two minutes into the second half. Courtney Brasseaux took a pass from midfield then sent a cross kick toward the goal. The ball, Mount Carmel goalkeeper Bonnie Nobles and a Mandeville offensive player all met at the same time and landed in a heap after a fierce collision. Duryee saw the opening and sent the ball into the open goal.
Trying to get an insurance goal, the Skippers had two more unsuccessful shots. But for the final 15 minutes of regulation, the Skippers were on defense as Mount Carmel pummeled its opponent with a relentless attack.
Mandeville’s defense held strong, clearing attempt after attempt, including several in which goalkeeper Cullie Grantham was pulled away from the net. But the Skippers could only hold for so long.
With two minutes to play in regulation, Lauren Gauthier sent a corner kick into the box. Grantham jumped up for the block but Dupre headed it into the goal.
It was a game-breaker for the Skippers, who made their third appearance in the finals in the past four years.
"I’m not sure what happened," Mandeville coach Wendi Corales said. "I really don’t know what to say. It was a close game the whole time. I don’t know what happened. I just know we lost the game and they deserved to win the state championship -- today."
"I think that gave us the momentum going into the overtime," Frischhertz said. "If they had scored at the end, it would have been different."
"We had the momentum with us," Cubs coach Sean Esker said. "I just told them, ‘It’s the championship game. It’s overtime. We’ve been here before.’ "
With 3:49 remaining in the first overtime, Bridget Ryan sent a pass to Frischhertz, who kicked it rather easily into the goal. Then the Cubs backed up to play defense. Mandeville had no shots in the first overtime and two in the second as the Cubs delayed and ran out the clock.
Cubs, Skippers vie for title - Mandeville confident, but Mount Carmel wants state title repeat Times-Picayune, The (New Orleans, LA) - Saturday, February 23, 2002 Author: Lori Lyons Staff writer The teams playing in today’s Division I girls state championship soccer match, beginning at 4 p.m. at Tad Gormley Stadium, are no strangers to the event.
Mount Carmel is making its second consecutive appearance -- its second in school history. Mandeville is making its third appearance in the past four years.
But a couple of things separate these schools -- besides Lake Pontchartrain.
Mount Carmel is the defending state champion. Mandeville has yet to win a championship. And early in the season, the opposing coaches were on opposite sides about what they thought of their team’s prospects for playing in today’s game.
Mount Carmel coach Sean Esker figured his team would be a challenger. He had nine starters returning from last year’s winning team, and that gave him a solid foundation.
"I think we definitely thought we had the potential to go back," Esker said. "When you return a lot of players from a championship team, you feel pretty good. But that’s why you play the season."
The Cubs are 24-6-2, but they finished second in their district to Dominican, which Mandeville eliminated. The Cubs have seemed to struggle a bit in the playoffs. After opening with a 1-0 victory against Northshore and a 16-0 victory against Andrew Jackson, the Cubs have needed shootouts to get past Fontainebleau (2-1) and East Ascension (3-2).
"I think we’ve had some trouble putting some teams away," Esker said. "But we’re playing good teams."
Mandeville coach Wendi Corales started the season with high hopes.
"I said to my husband, ‘If there’s a year we’re going to make it, this is it,’ " Corales said.
But then the Skippers faltered early with some tough losses and some team chemistry problems.
"We started off really slow," Corales said. "The individual talent was high, but we didn’t play as a team."
But Corales said her team felt differently.
"I kept saying, ‘If we lose.’ And they would say, ‘We’re not going to lose.’ I don’t think they’ve been intimidated all season. They are confident in their abilities much more than I am."
State champions - McKinley claims title in shootout The Advocate (Baton Rouge, La.) - Thursday, February 21, 2002 Author: SCOTT HOTARD Wednesday night's Division II girls' state championship game was scheduled to be played 24 hours earlier, but the prospect of inclimate weather persuaded school officials to postpone the much-anticipated title match.
It was worth the wait.
Trading punches like a pair of heavyweight prizefighters, McKinley and St. Thomas More of Lafayette spent nearly three hours trying to decide a victor. In the end, McKinley, steadied by the stonewall presence of senior goalkeeper Rebekah Mack, took the prize.
The third-ranked Panthers scored a 3-2 win over No. 1 STM in a shootout, ending McKinley's standard-setting season with a state championship. The jam-packed crowd at STM's Cougar Stadium, even if disapointed by the outcome, was treated to a night's worth of hard-fought competition.
The Panthers wouldn't have had it any other way.
"We knew we had the upper hand because we knew they didn't expect anything from us," said Mack, whose diving stop of an Adrienne Guidry kick finally ended the shootout. "We knew we had to come out here and show them what we had."
What the Panthers had when the match began was quiet confidence. What they had when the match ended was the biggest trophy on the field, the one they had set out to attain from the day the season began.
"We had a goal to win this from the start," first-year McKinley coach Ron Bucholtz said. "Their hearts were in it from the start, and as the season went on, the more they began to believe they could do it."
Bucholtz discovered he would be the team's coach when state district judge Mike McDonald, who coached the team from 1998-2001, announced him as such on the first day of practice.
Bucholtz, the coach at rival Bishop Sullivan the past four years, was under the impression he would assist McDonald when he accepted the job.
Instead, it was the other way around.
Under the two coaches' guidance, the Panthers stormed through the first three rounds of the playoffs, outscoring the opposition 13-0 during that time.
Then came the Panthers' final test, easily the biggest test of all.
McKinley, dominated throughout the game's opening 20-plus minutes, fell behind 1-0 on the first of Nicole Murphy's two goals. The Panthers responded, however, using Kathryn Heidke's point-blank score two minutes later to quickly pull even.
"Once we scored our goal to tie it," Bucholtz said, "that's when the nerves went away."
McKinley's Ashleigh Gunning gave the Panthers their first lead on a free kick at the 28-minute mark, but Murphy's other goal - the final bit of fireworks from the offensive explosion that provided all the regulation scoring for each team - forged a 2-2 tie 29 minutes in.
The second half was a defensive struggle, with each team firing just one shot each through the opening 16 minutes. That set up the two 10-minute overtimes, two 5-minute sudden-death periods and - finally - the shootout.
"I knew we had a good team," Bucholtz said, "but McKinley was never known in state soccer. I think by winning this game, it will make people think a different way of McKinley soccer."
McKinley plays for title - Girls soccer team faces No. 1 STM in New Orleans The Advocate (Baton Rouge, La.) - Tuesday, February 19, 2002 Author: SCOTT HOTARD McKinley's most embarrassing loss of the season came Jan. 3, when St. Thomas More drubbed the Panthers 7-0 in Lafayette. The teams meet again today, though much more is on the line this go round.
For that reason, STM coach Brad Cohen expects third-ranked McKinley to hardly resemble the team he saw over the semester break.
"This is the state championship game," said Cohen, whose team plays McKinley for the Division II title at 6 p.m. today. "They'll have the same uniforms on, but that's all I expect."
McKinley coach Ron Bucholtz agrees his Panthers are playing at a different level now than in pre-district play. Nonetheless, he said McKinley (22-5-1) will have to put forth its best game of the season to defeat No. 1 STM, the back-to-back champion of Division I in 1999 and 2000.
Just as daunting as the Panthers' opposition, however, is the 56-mile bus ride to Lafayette, where a crowd of more than 1,000 fans is expected at STM (23-4-1). Hoping to spark interest within the McKinley student body , Bucholtz, a non-faculty coach, showed up at the school Monday morning and distributed directions to STM.
"I'm really pleased with the way the girls played all season," Bucholtz said, "and even more importantly, with the mindset at this time. They seem motivated and ready to play."Though Bucholtz often stresses the Panthers' success is a byproduct of team play, its hard to overlook the individual accomplishments of junior forward Ashleigh Gunning. Gunning, the place-kicker for the McKinley football team, has registered 35 goals this season, including eight in the playoffs.
Still, it's McKinley's defensive prowess that has powered its run to the Panthers' first state championship-game appearance. The Panthers, riding a 12-game winning streak, have surrendered just one goal since the loss to STM.
"It was a bitterly cold night, and our girls weren't really thrilled about playing that game," Bucholtz said of the first meeting. "It will be a completely different game this time around."