Will face off in battle of top five ranked teams Friday night at Destrehan
After scoring a win carrying major playoff seeding implications against Terrebonne Tuesday night, the Destrehan Ladycats have a chance to follow up with an even bigger win this Friday night at home.
DHS (13-1-1) is set to host Central Lafourche in a district showdown and a matchup between two of the top four teams in the Division II power point rankings, with the winner making major headway in its bid for the highest possible postseason seeding. Central Lafourche was a Division II state finalist last season, while Destrehan finished as a state semifinalist.
“I think we’re ready for it,” said Destrehan coach Mert Deger. “We’ve been a little banged up, but I think we’re playing at such a high level right now, and the girls are playing with a lot of excitement and confidence right now.
“We have goals to win the district championship, earn that high power ranking, and this game is big on both fronts. We’ll be at home and we want to take advantage of that … we’re treating it almost like a playoff game.”
Destrehan won at Terrebonne, which was ranked No. 7 in power points entering the game, by a score of 6-0. Ny Keller, Noelle Kelley and Jordan Terrell each scored two goals.
“It shows you can’t just focus on one player,” Deger said. “Anyone can score on you. We scored an early goal and it relaxed us a little bit. This was, I’d say, our best total performance so far.”
Since the start of the new year, Destrehan has outscored its three opponents by a combined score of 23-1, also including wins over Ellender and South Terrebonne.
DESTREHAN 4, HAHNVILLE 0 — Destrehan continued its dominant run to start the soccer season as the Ladycats earned a victory over rival Hahnville, taking a 4-0 win in Boutte in non-district action.
The game represented the Wildcats’ 10th shutout of the season, continuing what’s been a season of suffocating defensive play.
Tayler Tabb scored two goals and assisted on two others to lead Destrehan, while Noelle Kelley scored on another. An own-goal represented the fourth Destrehan score, a misheading on a Tabb cross.
For Tabb, the effort is more impressive when considering she suffered a significant ankle sprain earlier this season. Her high-scoring effort may indicate she’s indeed back in form.
“She was definitely player of the match,” said Deger. “She stepped in at goal earlier this season when Merritt (Tompkins, the team’s starting goaltender) was out with an injury herself, and she’s been recovering from a pretty bad sprain.”