The historic and magical run through the Division II soccer playoff continues for the Central Lafourche girls soccer team, and the next stop for the Lady Trojans is the state finals.
With a 1-0 victory over No. 3 Caddo Magnet at Lee Hedges Stadium on Friday night in Shreveport, No. 7 Central Lafourche advances to play in its first ever state title match when it faces No. 1 St. Thomas More at 5 p.m. Thursday at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette.
St. Thomas More (17-6-3 overall) beat No. 5 Destrehan, a District 5-II rival of the Lady Trojans, 5-0 in the semifinals on Friday night.
Against Caddo Magnet (16-5-5 overall), the Lady Trojans (23-4-0 overall) got its goal from Mckenzie Champagne with around 20 minutes to go in the match after she followed a shot by Sarah Hodson, who got loose on a counter attack.
“All year we have been getting closer as a team with the younger players and the two seniors (Gabby Hodson and Lauren Foret) we have,” Central Lafourche coach Jude Blanchard said. “We are enjoying the moment and hoping we can go to Lafayette and compete (for the D-II state title).”
Blanchard said the Lady Trojans defense locked down Caddo Magnet after Champagne’s second-half goal and Central Lafourche pushed through to the title match.
“We really came out and played like a team, like we’ve done all year. Our main motto has been to keep the intensity up, keep the pressure up and attack. Our defense has been playing lights out for the past couple of weeks, so it was rewarding to get a crucial lone goal of the match,” Blanchard said. “I thought Magnet played a heck of game all around. Their keeper (Sarah Tuggle) was fantastic throughout the game. She stopped a lot of shots that were close to going in, but the whole team deserves a lot of credit for the way they played. They attacked us a little late, but our defense stepped up like they have all year and pretty much shut them down.”
Caddo Magnet coach John Lee said Central Lafourche was able to use its physicality to its advantage.
“Central Lafourche is tough,” Lee said. “They’ve got strong girls and they were able to use their strength to body us off the ball, and I think that’s where we fell short.”
Central Lafourche goalie Addie Chauvin got the clean-sheet victory in goal.
--Jordan Spratt of The (Shreveport) Times contributed to this report.