Published 12:00 am Friday, January 30, 1998

By Michael Kiral / L’Observateur / January 30, 1998

DESTREHAN – The Destrehan Lady Cats soccer team stayed atop theDistrict 9-I standings with a 3-0 victory over Vandebilt CatholicThursday afternoon.

The shutout was the Lady Cats’ fifth in six games and improved theirrecord to 6-0 in district play and 9-3 overall. Vandebilt Catholic fell to2-4 in district play.

Seniors Tina Johnson, Sarah Peirce, Danielle Sentilles, Heather Wilson andEdina Katicza were honored before the game, the last home contest of theseason for the Lady Cats. Vandebilt Catholic had the first opportunity to score in the openingminutes of the game but Ashley Lebeouf’s shot on goal went right of thenet.

From there, the majority of the first half would see Destrehan on offense.Peirce had the first scoring opportunity for the Lady Cats but her shotwould scoot left of the net. Johnson then fired a shot on goal but SunnyEvans was able to deflect it away for Vandebilt.

Emily Nassar would take the ball in the corner and fire a shot on goal.Vandebilt’s goalie lept for the shot but the ball eluded her grasp andbounded into the net, giving the Lady Cats a 1-0 lead nine minutes into thecontest.

Nassar would also have an assist on the Lady Cats’ second goal minuteslater as she again fired a shot from the right side. Katie Logan took thedeflection of the goalie in front of the goalie and booted it into the rightside of the net 12 minutes into the contest.The Destrehan defense then took over as Sentilles came out of the net tostop Suma Sangisetty’s shot. Sweeper Natalie Robert then intercepted apass at midfield, passed to Peirce, got the ball back and fired a shot thatwas stopped at the net. Destrehan would take a 2-0 lead into the break.

The Lady Cats remained on the offensive as the second half opened asRobert and Nassar intercepted passes to set up the attack. Nassar wouldtake a pass from Logan and fire a shot from the right side that wasblocked by the Terrier defense.

Johnson got the Lady Cats back on the scoreboard as she took a loose ballon the left side and knocked it in past the goalie four minutes into thehalf. The goal was Johnson’s 15th in the last 11 games.

Johnson had a chance to make it two in a row but her shot from the leftwas stopped by the Terriers. Minutes later, Peirce took a penalty shot thatdeflected off the goalie. Logan rushed in to take the deflection but hershot clanged off the top crossbar.

The Destrehan defense then went about trying to preserve the shutout. LynAlexander took a shot that bounded through the crease. Sangisetty chaseddown the ball in the right corner and centered it but the Lady Cats wereable to knock it away. Sentilles later stopped two shots by Tina Helmersin the waning minutes of the contest.Megan Shurley and Ester Garatie were selected as the top defensiveplayers for the Lady Cats. Lauren Cazayoux was Vandebilt’s defensive star.

“I think we played very well,” Destrehan coach Jennifer Acosta said,singling out Kari Cesta for her play. “She really helped out tonight andDanielle played very well again.”

The Lady Cats play Vandebilt Catholic again today because of a rainout.

Destrehan then travels to Hahnville Monday at 5 p.m. for the game thatcould determine the district championship. The Lady Tigers are rightbehind the Lady Cats with a 5-1 district record.

Acosta said the contest could be determined by who gets on thescoreboard and gains momentum first.”Whoever scores the first could be the winner,” Acosta said.

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