Morgan City kicks off soccer season tonight against Terrebonne

By: Staff Reports
Morgan City’s boys and girls soccer teams kick off the season today against Terrebonne with the girls at 5 p.m. and the boys at 7 p.m.

The Tigers, District 8 in Division II, saw some changes over the offseason. E.D. White has opted to play up a division after being a ranked playoff contender in Division III for several years.

MCHS and EDW are joined by Vandebilt Catholic, Ellender and South Terrebonne in the district.

The Gators will be a new opponent for MCHS this season after moving down from Division I. Vandebilt will be a tough opponent, as usual, after the boys and girls teams both finished as state runner-up.

The Louisiana High School Soccer Coaches Association preseason poll has the Tigers as the No. 9 team in Division II.

St. Louis is No. 1 with a unanimous 10 first-place votes, Vandebilt is No. 2 and Ben Franklin rounds out the top three. EDW did not receive enough votes to make the top 10.

The MCHS boys lost several talented players to graduation. They have 14 players returning with seven juniors and seven seniors, which should provide stability.

Senior Austin Stroud will anchor the defense along with senior goalie Taylor Mayon.

Morgan City’s other seniors are Oscar Hinojosa, Seth Menard, Quoc Nguyen, TJ Paul Oubre, Travis Romero and Alex Tran. Juniors are Victor Calderon, Victor Cerritos, Tyler Jones, Adam Lacy, German Pantoja, David Tran and Blake Verret. Sophomores Sergize Flores, Justin Moye, Joel Reyes and Logan Scully and freshmen Hector Calderon, Aaron Desormeaux and Jose Zuniga will also suit up for the Tigers.

The Lady Tigers are in a bit of a rebuilding mode with just 18 players on the roster.

Lauren O’Brien was the leading scorer last season and has moved on to Nicholls State while starting goalie Stephanie Watson also graduated.

Just two seniors, Reina Fernandez and Sarina Morales, will lead the Lady Tigers along with four juniors Carmen Araujo, Jennifer Nguyen, Erin Reynaud and Ashley Rock.

The roster is one of the smallest and youngest in the eight-year history of the MCHS soccer program. Coach Trevor Patterson has high hopes for the returning players and young talent on the roster.

The Lady Tigers have five sophomores in Jaime Hash, Maja Kemper, Chandler Pasqua, Layne Reynaud and Jade Theriot and seven freshmen expected to contribute with Paige Comeaux, Sarah Patterson, LeeAnn Price, Aly Russo, Shannon Theriot, Kamrin Thibodaux and Celeste Williams joining the team.

LHSSCA Division II boys preseason poll

1. St. Louis 100 (10)

2. Vandebilt 83

3. Ben Franklin 81

4. Teurlings 64

5. Alexandria 55

6. Beau Chene 48

7. Neville 27

7. DeRidder 27

9. Morgan City 24

10. St. Michael 21

Others receiving votes:

East Jefferson 13, Bolton 4, Holy Cross 2,

E.D. White 1.

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