MCHS girls' soccer squad begins playoffs against district foe South Terrebonne
By: GEOFFREY STOUTE
Morgan City and South Terrebonne will square off tonight in the first round of the Division II girls’ state soccer playoffs when the two squads face off at Tiger Stadium in Morgan City at 5:30 p.m.
Morgan City, the 10th seed, and South Terrebonne, the 23rd seed, are quite familiar with each other because they are district opponents.
During the regular season, the squads split their district matches as South Terrebonne (7-8 overall, 3-5 in district play) won the first matchup in Morgan City, while MCHS won the second matchup on the road, 5-1.
“They’re obviously going to have it in their mind they’ve already beat us once,” Morgan City coach Trevor Patterson said. “They have nothing to lose. We’re a higher seed, so they’re going to go out (and try) to play their best. As far as us, if we play our normal football that we do, we should take them.”
While he said he was not making excuses for the defeat to the Lady Gators earlier this season, Patterson said his squad was fatigued after playing five games the previous weekend in a tournament and finishing runners-up.
Patterson said South Terrebonne has some talent.
“Anybody can be beat,” Patterson said. “You never know what’s going to happen.”
South Terrebonne coach Archie Adams said Morgan City (17-10, 5-3) is a good passing team.
To be successful in tonight’s matchup, Adams said his squad will have to make up in athletic ability what they lack in soccer skills.
“We’re just going to head up there and do the best we can.”
While Patterson said it is good to play someone he is familiar with, he said he would have like to have played a district foe down the line rather than the first round.
“Even though we’re foes, we are in the same district, and we represent each other, so I’d rather played somebody else and have them play somebody else so we both have a chance to advance,” Patterson said.
The Lady Tigers are a young team this year with only two seniors. Their coach said he was surprised by their success.
“They’ve done very well,” he said. “They’ve done a lot better than I expected they would do this season.”
He also said the stiff competition that they have played in their district, which features traditional power Vandebilt Catholic, also was a good experience for them heading into the playoffs.
As for tonight’s game, Adams said whichever team can take advantage of opportunities they are given will be key in determining the game’s outcome.