H.L. Bourgeois scored early then added two more second-half insurance goals, downing Thibodaux 3-1 on Friday night at Thomas B. Smith Memorial Stadium in Houma in District 5-I action.
Rodney Bouvier "got lucky" in the fifth minute when a melee in front of the Tiger goal ended up with a deflection for a score and a 1-0 Braves lead.
"I got kind of got lucky because (Thibodaux’s goalie) went to kick it out, and it kind of deflected off me into the goal," Bouvier said.
The Braves kept the pressure up in the rest of the first half, getting five good shots on goal, along with two corner kicks and a free kick, but the H.L. Bourgeois (5-9-3 overall, 1-1-1 in district) defense held, and the first half ended 1-0.
"We’re a young team and it was really good to see us keep the pressure on," H.L. Bourgeois coach Travis Dupre said. "We kept possession, and that was good to see. We’ve got a lot of sophomores, and this is supposed to be a rebuilding year for us, and I’m starting to see some real good things."
The pressure continued into the second half. The first few minutes though, belonged to the Tigers (4-7-2 overall, 0-3-0 in district), who narrowly missed on two free kicks, with one exception goalie save and the other sailing just high of the crossbar.
H.L. Bourgeois pushed the game to Thibodaux’s side of the field, and that paid off in the 54th minute when Giovanni Sanchez found the back of the net on another self-described "lucky shot", that was almost saved but slipped through the goalie’s hands.
"Yeah, I got lucky on that," Sanchez said. "I just turned around and shot, and he missed."
The Patriots scored again in the 65 minute on Bouvier’s penalty kick.
Thibodaux scored on a penalty kick in stoppage time from Austin Kopnicky.
"Their first goal, our defender went to make a play and I think it bounced off his leg," Thibodaux coach Gregory Galjour said. "We’ve got to learn to pick up the pieces and move on. We dwell on things too much and it comes back to bite us. All three of their goals kind of came off our mistakes. H.L. is good at capitalizing when they get the ball. They got it to the back of the net, and that was something we just couldn’t do."
H.L. BOURGEOIS 0 (GIRLS)
At Houma before the boys match, Adeline Tenney, Rylee Reulet, Malorie Scrivner and Karli Marse all found the back of the net for the Lady Tigers as Thibodaux took the District 5-I win.
"The biggest thing is to be first to the ball," Thibodaux assistant coach Jonathan Terrell said. "The biggest deal was for us to be the aggressor, and we did that."
With a 3-0 lead at the half, Marse added a fourth goal for the Lady Tigers (10-4-2 overall, 1-1-0 in district) in the 65th minute on a perfectly placed free kick.
"We came out on the attack and actually were on the offensive in the first couple of minutes," Lady Braves coach Kevan Keiser said. "Then their team speed got us. They won all the 50/50 balls and kind of had us back on our heels. Then they put that first one in. We pressed, then they got that second one, and we kind of put our heads down after the third one."
H.L. Bourgeois fell to 10-9-0 overall and 1-2-0 in district.