Soccer Playoffs: Dominican, MCA, Lakeshore, Newman, Sacred Heart advance to girls finals
The LHSAA girls prep soccer championships in Hammond next week will have a distinct local flavor.
Five of the 10 finalists are teams from the Greater New Orleans area.
In Division I, a pair of familiar foes will square off for the title.
Top seed and unbeaten Dominican advanced to the championship game with a 3-1 win over No. 4 St. Joseph’s Academy.
Kelsey Major starred with a pair of goals and an assist while Jasmine Ferrier scored the third goal for Dominican.
Major put Dominican ahead with a first half goal before Mary Melancon tied the match early in the second half for the Redstickers. Ferrier then produced the game-winner in the 73rd minute before Major added an insurance goal.
St. Joseph’s Academy finished its season 13-3-8.
Dominican (22-0-1) advances to the final to face No. 2 seed and district rival Mount Carmel Academy.
The Cubs shutout No. 6 Mandeville 2-0 at Joe Yenni Stadium.
Jane Schneider and Gabby O’Neill each scored a goal in the first half for the Cubs (20-1-2).
Mandeville ends its season 20-4-3.
Mount Carmel has won six state titles, most recently in 2017 while Dominican has won three state championships, most recently in 2011. The two rivals did not meet in the regular season this year as their scheduled match was canceled.
Lakeshore has advanced to the LHSAA Division II girls soccer final.
The second-seeded Titans shutout No.6 Ben Franklin 3-0 at home Friday.
Shea Lacombe scored the only goal Lakeshore would need in the first half before Megan Gettys scored a pair of goals in the second half for Lakeshore.
The Falcons, who reached the final a year ago, finished their season 15-3-1.
Lakeshore (19-4-1) will face 3-time defending state champion and top seed St. Thomas More in the title match at 4:30 p.m. Friday at Southeastern Louisiana in Hammond.
The Cougars edged No. 5 Vandebilt Catholic 1-0. The Cougars beat Lakeshore 2-0 in the 2019 Division II final. The last time another school won the Division II title was in 2017 when Lakeshore downed St. Thomas More 1-0 so this becomes a rubber match in championship games.
In Division IV, defending state champion Newman blanked No. 5 Ascension Episcopal 5-0 to advance to the title game.
Tori Thomas was terrific, recording a hat trick for the Greenies. Ali Nowak added the other two goals for Newman, who led 2-0 on a pair of goals by Thomas in the first half.
Ascension Episcopal finished its season 11-4-4.
The Greenies (11-4-3), who have won 11 state championships, will face No. 10 Sacred Heart of New Orleans in the title match.
The Cardinals continued their magical run, upsetting No. 6 Catholic of New Iberia 4-2.
The Cardinals battled back after trailing twice in the first half on goals by Caroline Mehaffie and Gabriela Thibodaux to tie the match 2-2.
Then, C.C. Johnson scored what proved to be the winning goal late in the first half and it was 3-2 at halftime. Marta Hammet provided an insurance goal for Sacred Heart for the victory.
Catholic finished its season 15-8-2.
The Cardinals, who have won eight state titles, last won a Division IV state championship in 2013.
Newman downed Sacred 3-1 on Jan. 21.
Prep Soccer Semifinal Results/Schedule
#1 Dominican 3, #4 St. Joseph’s Academy 1
#2 Mount Carmel Academy 2, #6 Mandeville 0
#1 St. Thomas More 1, #5 Vandebilt Catholic 0
#2 Lakeshore 3, #6 Ben Franklin 0
#4 Parkview Baptist at #1 Loyola Prep, 3 p.m. Feb. 20
#2 University High 2, #3 St. Michael 1 (OT)
#1 Newman 5, #5 Ascension Episcopal 0
#10 Sacred Heart (NO) 4, #6 Catholic (NI) 2
Prep Soccer Quarterfinal Results/Schedule
#1 Catholic (BR) 2, #9 Dutchtown 1
#4 Byrd 3, #5 Denham Springs 2
#6 St. Paul’s 2, #3 Captain Shreve 0
#2 Jesuit 4, #7 St. Amant 0
#1 Holy Cross 6, #8 South Terrebonne 0
#5 Neville at #4 Ben Franklin, 6 p.m. Feb. 21
#3 Benton 2, #6 Caddo Magnet 0
#10 East Jefferson 0, #2 St. Thomas More 0 (EJ wins 3-1 on Penalty Kicks)
#1 University High 3, #8 Bossier 0
#5 E.D. White at #4 North Vermilion, 6 p.m. Feb. 20
#3 Loyola Prep 3, #6 Parkview Baptist 1
#2 Lusher 2, #7 Vandebilt Catholic 1
#1 Pope John Paul 2, #8 Newman 0
#4 Northlake Christian 2, #5 Holy Savior Menard 0
#6 Episcopal 2, Episcopal of Acadiana 1
#10 Ascension Episcopal 1, #2 Catholic (NI) 0
Boys Semifinal Schedule
#4 Byrd at No. 1 Catholic (BR)
#6 St. Paul’s at #2 Jesuit, 2 p.m. Feb. 20 at John Ryan Stadium
#4 Ben Franklin or #5 Neville vs. #1 Holy Cross, Feb. 22
#10 East Jefferson at #3 Benton
#1 University High at #5 E.D. White Catholic, 6 p.m. Feb. 20
#3 Loyola Prep at #2 Lusher Charter at Pan American Stadium
#4 Northlake Christian at #1 Pope John Paul II
#10 Ascension Episcopal at #6 Episcopal, 3 p.m. Feb. 21
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