MCHS will host familiar foe in first round
By GEOFF STOUTE
MORGAN CITY — When Morgan City faced Belle Chasse earlier this season, Morgan City was in need of offensive production.
They got six goals in a 6-0 shutout win against the visitors.
Now, fast forward nearly two months later, Morgan City is in need of offensive production again as it has been shut out during its last two contests, once in its final district game, a 5-0 loss to Vandebilt Catholic, who is Division 2’s No. 1 seed, and on Monday in a 6-0 loss to Division 1 foe Mandeville, who is seeded No. 8 in the Division 1 playoffs.
Now entering the playoffs, who do the Lady Tigers, the No. 11 seed, open the postseason against?
No. 22 seed Belle Chasse.
While Morgan City coach Trevor Patterson admits that his team has an advantage entering Friday’s first-round contest, set for 5 p.m. at Tiger Stadium in Morgan City, in knowing that they already have beaten Belle Chasse, he also cautioned that the Lady Tigers’ first victory was early in the season and things could have changed for both teams.
“When you play teams at the beginning of the year, you don’t know if they have all their players yet or how they’re playing, so it’s always a worry in the back of your mind, even though you might have beat them the first round, how they’re going to react the second round,” he said Wednesday. “Plus they know how you play too.”
In that first victory in Belle Chasse, which ironically was moved from Morgan City due to scheduling conflicts, Sarah Patterson recorded a hat trick with three goals, while Shawn Guillot, Carmen Araujo and Celeste Williams each scored a goal.
In examining Belle Chasse and Morgan City’s common opponents, Patterson said the Lady Tigers have performed better than their counterparts against the opposition.
However, he said that with the playoffs now here, anything can happen.
Since the Belle Chasse game, Patterson said Morgan City has made changes to its front row, too.
As for what he remembers about Belle Chasse from the first time they played, he said they had some speed.
“I know they have some fast players up front. ... They gave us a couple of scares breaking through with their speed,” Patterson said. “They just couldn’t finish it.”
That Morgan City is facing familiar opponents is not something new as it faced district foe South Terrebonne in the first-round of the 2012 playoffs. The Lady Tigers came away with a 4-2 victory at home before falling in the second round on the road to Ursuline Academy.
The winner of Morgan City’s first-round contest will travel to face No. 6 seed Lakeshore in round 2. Lakeshore, who defeated Morgan City earlier this season, received a first-round bye.