Sometimes the toughest chore for highly-ranked, talented soccer club in the early rounds of the state playoffs is how long to keep the starters in the game.
Such was the case for Teurlings Catholic coach Lance Peltier and his two-time defending state champion Lady Rebels on Monday night at Rebels Stadium.
The solution was a half for some of them and a little more than that for others. The reason was an 8-0 halftime lead and a 9-0 final margin over Calvary Baptist.
“Calvary was a very well-coached team,” Peltier said. “They were just a very young team. They only had two or three seniors and a couple of juniors. They even had a few middle school kids on their team. And our veteran girls had real good games.”
Leading that parade was none other than Hannah Savoie, who scored the first three goals of the game for Teurlings and finished the night with four. Orianna Broussard was next with two goals, while Kristin Charpentier, Emma LeBlanc and Carmen Calderon each pitched in with a goal.
“Emma’s goal was on a beautiful cross and header,” Peltier said.
Charpentier added three assists to her night’s work, while Catherine Voinche and Regan Setliff each contributed two goals and Carey Chadwick had one.
“It’s a very tough decision,” Peltier said. “It’s a playoff game and you know that the opponent is going to get tougher each round. I was able to mix in a few of the starters in the second half to get them some time on the field and pass it around a little bit.”
While the offense certainly shined, so did the defense behind the anchors of Kirstie Camel and Sarah Thompson.
Teurlings improved to 14-5-2 with the win and will now await the winner of today’s Ursuline-St. Louis game for their quarterfinal opponent. The Lady Rebels would travel to Ursuline or host St. Louis.