Theriot leads Morgan City past South Terrebonne
By: GEOFFREY STOUTE
Morgan City High School freshman Shannon Theriot just needed to settle down.
The South Terrebonne squad probably wished she hadn’t.
In her first playoff game as a Lady Tiger, the freshman was antsy initially, prompting coach Trevor Patterson to take her out so she could relax.
When she went back in, Theriot responded with a hat trick to lead the Lady Tigers to a 4-2 victory against the South Terrebonne Lady Gators in the first round of Division II girls’ soccer playoffs on Friday at Tiger Stadium in Morgan City.
South Terrebonne took an early 1-0 lead on a penalty kick by Katie Chauvin within the first 15 minutes, which was set up by a Morgan City defensive error.
After her break on the side, Theriot came back in and responded with three consecutive goals. The first was set up by a pass from Ashley Rock, who found Theriot in front of the goal. After receiving the pass, Theriot made a move to her left to get just past the Lady Gator defender before converting the shot to knot the game at 1 in the 26th minute.
Six minutes later, Theriot scored again after she was set up by teammate Sarah Patterson.
Theriot completed the hat trick for a 3-1 lead in the 36th minute on a penalty kick that was set up when Carmen Araujo was fouled.
“She had some great crosses for her,” Patterson said of Theriot’s goals.
Theriot also spent much of her time during the postgame focused on the team instead of her.
“It’s not just me,” she said. “No one person wins the game. Everybody, as a team wins the game. It’s like a big puzzle piece. You can’t have just one person dominating the field. All of us have to work together, and that’s what we did this game.”
Despite the comeback, Patterson said his squad started out slow.
“Our forwards also seemed to be playing wild, and it took them a good 20 minutes to settle down,” he said. “It was amazing knowing how we played against Vandebilt and did so well to playing down against the Lady Gators.”
While his squad is a young one and playoff jitters are to be expected, Patterson said the team shouldn’t have been as nervous against South Terrebonne.
Theriot said when the team is playing at its best, it is “indestructible,” even though it is a team dominated by youth.
“I think the freshmen have stepped it up, and showed that we can go (and compete) against seniors and juniors and sophomores just as well as we can go (and compete) against other freshmen,” Theriot said.
In the second half, the Lady Gators cut the score to 3-2 after the Lady Tigers’ goalie, Layne Reynaud, couldn’t secure a penalty kick by Chauvin, and Alyssa Ross was able to knock the ball in for the score.
The Lady Tigers responded with a header by Reina Fernandez off a Patterson corner kick.
“The girls are well coached,” South Terrebonne Coach Archie Adams said of Morgan City. “They’re in the right places (and) do the right things.”
Despite the loss, Adams said his squad played well.
“It was 4-2 at the end there, and we had a couple of shots on goal,” Adams said. “It could have gone either way. We gave them as much as we could.”
Patterson said his squad did well, responding after the first goal, and continued to pressure South Terrebonne.
“They did a great job,” Patterson said. “We were slow at the beginning, which is not good. We need to keep the tempo going the whole time.”
The Lady Tigers will travel to New Orleans Wednesday to play No. 7 seed Ursuline on Wednesday in the second round of the playoffs. A location and game time had not been worked out as of press time.
Ursuline received a bye in the first round.