There’s been some changes in the Teurlings Catholic girls soccer program throughout this season.
For starters, the makeup of the team convinced the program’s braintrust of Lance Peltier and Lucious Brumfield that a formation change was in order.
So instead of the traditional 4-4-2 alignment, the Lady Rebels are primarily playing with four defenders, one midfielder, three attacking midfielders and one forward.
The idea was to better utilize a lineup that features the fastest team Peltier’s coached at Teurlings, but not necessarily the most experienced unit.
Through the ups and downs, it appears that the project is rounding into form just in time.
This week, Teurlings hosts Beau Chene at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday in the final tuneup before squaring off with fellow Division II girls powerhouse St. Thomas More at 11 a.m. Saturday.
Currently, the Lady Rebels (10-4-3) are ranked No. 5 in the Division II power rankings, behind No. 1 Loyola of Shreveport, No. 2 St. Thomas More, No. 3 Ben Franklin and No. 4 Vandebilt Catholic.
“So far, the season has pretty much gone as planned,” Peltier said. “I wanted to be in the 4-5-6-7 range at this stage and we’re in the upper end of that range. I really believe that we’re very close to be able to compete with the top teams in the state.
“It’s just taken a while for the girls to read the game better. At the beginning of the season, they just reacted to situations by just relying on their speed. Now they’re reading the game better.”
Offensively, the Lady Rebels are led by senior Paige Robichaux, Oriana Broussard, Carmen Calderon and Mackenzie Marze.
The beauty of having all of that speed up front and in the middle is that Teurlings sports a top-notch defensive wall in the back to support an aggressive offense.
“That really allows us to gamble with our speed at the top,” Peltier said.
All the way in the back is senior keeper Allie Joubert. The defensive standouts in front of her include Alyssa Breaux and Anakay Hackett.
Of course in the middle of it all for Teurlings is junior Kaitlyn Camel.
“Everything starts with her,” Peltier said. “She’s the one who distributed the ball to all of that speed on top. She’s definitely the quarterback of the team.”
Peltier’s Lady Rebels will find out exactly how much progress they’ve made on Saturday when they host St. Thomas More.
The good news is either way, it’s not a do-or-die game.
“We certainly want to win,” Peltier said. “You want to win every game. But it is true that district isn’t as important as it used to be in the old system because of the power rankings. If the girls plays well, whether we win or not, it could give them a lot of confidence that we can compete at that level. That would be a real positive, because STM has an outstanding team.
“They’re very well-coached, very skilled, fast and they’re fundamentally one of the top teams in the state.”
Beau Chene at Teurlings, St. Thomas More at Opelousas, St. Louis at Abbeville, Notre Dame at ESA, Erath at Kaplan, Lafayette Christian at North Vermilion, David Thibodaux at Ascension Episcopal, Opelousas Catholic at Catholic-NI.
Lafayette Christian at Westminster.
New Iberia at Barbe, Lafayette High at Carencro, Comeaux at Sulphur, Opelousas at Westgate, Erath at Abbeville, Ascension Episcopal at David Thibodaux, Catholic-NI at Haynes.
St. Thomas More at Teurlings, Westminster at Opelousas, Westgate at St. Martin’s, Country Day at ESA, North Vermilion at Notre Dame, Catholic-NI at Newman.
Beau Chene at Teurlings, St. Thomas More at Opelousas, Sacred Heart-GC at ESA.
Sam Houston at Acadiana, Barbe at New Iberia, Carencro at Lafayette High, Sulphur at Comeaux, St. Louis at Erath.
ESA at Hannan.
Beau Chene at Ellender, Opelousas at Westgate, Teurlings at St. Thomas More, Opelousas at Westgate, Houma Christian at Erath, Ascension Episcopal at McGehee, Grace Christian at Opelousas Catholic.