The Acadiana High Wreckin’ Rams boys soccer team continued its winning ways on Tuesday, defeating East Ascension 4-1 to advance to the Division I quarterfinals where they will play the winner of St. Paul’s and Northshore.
“Compared to how we played in the first round, I feel like we played an exceptional match against East Ascension,” Rams head coach Jan Richard said. “I feel like we responded well and we executed what I wanted us to do really well.”
What Richard and the Rams (17-3-5) wanted to do was to score the first goal and then press them defensively with the hopes of forcing them into mistakes.
The Rams’ opening goal was knocked in by their leading goal scorer senior Caleb Sholes, who now has 27 goals scored on the year, to give Acadiana a 1-0 advantage.
“We scored the first goal and we had other chances in the first half, but their defense withstood the test. By pressing, we created a bunch of opportunities. We took advantage of the opportunities we were given, but scoring that first goal really put them on their heels. We got them out of their element by scoring the first goal.”
The next two goals scored by the Rams were on penalty kicks that were put in the back of the net by sophomore Salvador Colin and junior Dayton Prejean to give Acadiana a commanding 3-0 lead.
“I know with their style of play, so I just told our boys before the game to be patient,” Richard said. “I told them to be patient and let the offense do what it does. We were very patient, relaxed and we just moved the ball side to side. We played well.”
East Ascension scored a goal on a corner-kick to prevent the shutout and sophomore Cade Kling responded with a goal of his own to complete the scoring for the Rams in the 4-1 win.
Delivering assists for the Rams were Colin and Patrick Brantley.
“We played well, but I still think we can play better,” Richard said. “You can always play better, but we did play good enough to win. Now we are going to prepare for the next challenge, but because we played so early we should get a good couple of days of rest.”
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