Comets take step toward district crown, beat defending champ Cardinals

Published 12:00 am Monday, January 26, 2009


Sports Editor

St. Charles was ready to assume the pole position on Tuesday in the District 7-III championship race. Defending champ E.D., White wasn’t ready to give it up without a fight.

But despite a nip and tuck first half between the teams, St. Charles was able to score three goals in the second half to capture a 4-0 win in LaPlace.

Reyna Lubin scored three goals and Kristine Brouwer added another.

The win put the Comets (13-3-2, 2-0) in position to clinch a share of a district title with one victory in its next two district games — one at E.D. White, and a home date with Riverside (played this past Thursday, details will be in the next issue). Two wins would net SCC an outright district crown.

SCC led 1-0 at halftime.

Comets Coach Don Peyton said that his players realized during the intermission that the Cardinals were one score away from shifting the momentum.

“It was a matter of what team wanted it the most,” Peyton said. “At halftime, our seniors stepped up. It was like, ‘Hey guys, this is going to determine our future this season.’”

Lubin, who scored the lone first half goal, popped in another five minutes into the second half.

“They doubled and tripled Reyna,” said Peyton. “But we got her a though ball and it put her in a position to go one on one. And she’s hard to stop with only one.”

Another though ball set up Lubin’s third goal, making it 3-0.

Brouwer capped off the scoring by cashing in a goal on a corner kick.

“We played sloppy in the first half. We were pressing too much to make something happen,” Peyton said. “E.D. White missed a couple of shots that could have changed things. But we got past that.”

ST. CHARLES 1, EPISCOPAL OF ACADIANA 1 — This past Saturday, the Comets played to a 1-1 tie against fellow Division III competitor Episcopal of Acadiana (17-3) in a match between teams that could meet up in the playoffs.

SCC led 1-0 at halftime. Lubin scored the Comets’ goal in the first half. Episcopal of Acadiana tied the score with a second half goal.

“It was a real physical game,” said Peyton. “But the girls can play that kind of game. They can play a physical game, a speed game, a possession game. They can adapt to whatever the other team throws at them.”