St. Amant presses past Wildcats
Published 12:00 am Friday, January 25, 2008
By RYAN ARENA
Host St. Amant scored four goals in the second half on Tuesday, helping to close out East St. John in a 6-0 district victory.
St. Amant scored its first two goals of the game on headers that came off of a corner kick and a throw in, something he attributed to the youth of his team.
“We weren’t able to clear out really well,” said Dupuy. “Sometimes, our guys have a tendency to watch the ball and not the player, and it can cost you in those situations.”
St. Amant (10-12-2, 3-6) had lost three straight games, but was able to build on the success that it had last Friday night when it pushed district co-leader Dutchtown to two overtimes before ultimately losing.
The Gators also defeated the Wildcats in the teams’ previous meeting, 3-2 at East St. John on Jan. 8.
Dupuy split the time at goalkeeper between freshman Marco Barrera and sophomore Joe Perrilloux.
“We gave up too many shot opportunities, they couldn’t stop all of them,” said Dupuy.
St. Amant led 2-0 at halftime.
In the second half, Dupuy said that the Wildcats (7-12-1, 0-9), who dress 11 players that play the entire time, wore down.
“We pressed in the second half, and they took advantage of it and scored a few,” said Dupuy. “We gave up some easy lanes. I think a lot of it was due to fatigue.”
Dupuy said a lot of it also could have been due to a changed mentality by his team after falling behind.
“I think sometimes, when we give up these goals early, it causes us to lose heart,” he said. “We leave ourselves vulnerable defensively by pressing too hard to score once we fall behind.”