SCOTT — In the bi-district round of the Division I soccer playoffs, the Acadiana High Wreckin’ Rams used a high-powered offensive attack to rout Covington 6-1.
But although the final score may lead one to believe the Rams played a perfect match, coach Jan Richard wasted little time dispelling that notion.
“The bottom line is that we are still in,” Richard said. “Being in is always better than not being in. In our first match, we had some lapses in the first half but we were able to correct something’s in time for the second half and I feel like we responded well.”
The Rams, who will now play host to East Ascension at 7 p.m. today, were OK with the performance they turned in offensively but Richard wasn’t the least bit pleased with the way they defended.
“I just didn’t feel like we responded well defensively in the first-round match,” Richard said. “We had a lot of miscues and a lot of miscommunication defensively. We were very unorganized, left a lot of gaps and at times we were just lazy. That’s my concern going into this match. I want to know how we are going to respond defensively.”
In East Ascension, Richard believes the Rams are going to face a team that hangs its hat on playing stifling defense.
“We played against them in a scrimmage and I’m sure they are a different team since then, but I remember them being very solid defensively,” Richard said. “They have some really solid defensive players, so we know they are going to be very competitive. They are a very qualified team, but I like our chances.”
If the Rams are going to be successful, Richard is confident the key will be jumping on East Ascension right from the start.
“We know that they are a defensive team,” Richard said. “They have some weapons on offense, but their forte is defense. The key for us is to put pressure on them by scoring early and forcing them to get out of their defensive shell. Hopefully we can press them defensively and force them into mistakes and get some counter goals. We’re much faster than them from what I remember, but I feel that if we play hard and aggressive, I like our chances.”
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