MCHS boys, girls in action in Pineville

Staff Report

The Morgan City girls’ soccer team advanced to the semifinals at the Pineville tournament, while the boys fell in the quarterfinals during this weekend’s action.

In girls’ action, Morgan City’s trek to the semifinals included a 2-1 win against Alexandria, while it fell to Pineville, 2-1.

In the quarterfinals, Morgan City defeated West Ouachita, 4-3 on penalty kicks after playing to a 1-1 tie in regulation.

In the semifinals, the Lady Tigers fell to Erath, 2-1.

Against Alexandria, the Lady Tigers rallied from a 1-0 deficit with a goal by Carmen Araujo in the 48th minute before Celeste Williams knocked what ultimately was the game-winner in the 53rd minute.

In the second game against Pineville, Morgan City took a 1-0 lead against Pineville via a 30-yard volley by Sarah Patterson.

However, Pineville responded with two goals for the win.

While Morgan City fought against Pineville, Morgan City coach Trevor Patterson said Pineville was “too physical and had some very skilled players.”

Morgan City entered the quarterfinals in sixth place and upset third-place West Ouachita.

Morgan City scored its lone goal in regulation in the 20th minute, while West Ouachita tied the game with five minutes remaining

As per tournament rules, the two teams dueled it out via penalty kicks.

Morgan City’s Patterson, Williams, Araujo and Ashley Rock all were successful on their kicks.

West Ouachita missed its first two kicks before making its last three.

Morgan City goalie Layne Reynaud had two saves to win the game.

In the semifinals, Morgan City fell to Erath, who scored two goals in less than three minutes, partly because of an injury to Reynaud, Trevor Patterson said.

The Morgan City coach replaced Reynaud with freshman Hannah Toups, who he said “stepped up and did a great job.”

In the contest, though, Trevor Patterson said that an Erath player made a “dangerous” slide tackle on Toups and was ejected from the game.

Morgan City netted a goal by Shawn Guillot, and while Trevor Patterson said his squad “dominated” the second half, they could never score again.

“We hit the post, it went over (and) to the goalie,” he said. “Nothing we could do was right.”

In boys’ action, Patterson said his squad played hard, but they had no players to substitute and used four freshmen.

He said at time the team played with only 10 players due to injuries.

“Despite having these disadvantages, they never gave up,” Patterson said. “For that, we were very proud of them.”

The boys were winless but advanced to the quarterfinals.

In their first game, the squad fell to DeRidder, 4-0, before dropping a 3-0 decision to Dutchtown. In its tournament finale, the squad fell to St. Amant, 5-0.

Both the Tigers and Lady Tigers will return to action today when they travel to Helen Cox.

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