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Lady Trojans soccer team makes history

Lady Trojans soccer team makes history

It’s not often that it can be said in local sports that one team has done something that’s never been done before. But the Central Lafourche girls’ soccer team can say exactly that this season.

The Lady Trojans won two road games last week – first against West Ouachita and then against Caddo Magnet – victories which put the team in the Division II State Championship Match for the first time in school history.

Central Lafourche will look to cash in on their storybook season on Thursday night when they take on St. Thomas More in the Championship Match in Lafayette.

Lady Trojans coach Jude Blanchard said he knows it will be tough to beat St. Thomas More, but added quickly that win, lose or draw, he believes in his team and knows that they’re enjoying a truly historic ride.

“We set out to reach big goals a few years ago when we took over the program and I think this is just a testament to the kids and their hard work and dedication,” Blanchard said. “I couldn’t be happier for them and their successes throughout the playoffs.”

To beat both West Ouachita and Caddo Magnet on the road in a span of just a couple of days is a Herculean feat.

The Lady Trojans’ caravan logged hundreds of miles – going from Mathews to North Louisiana round-trip twice in a little more than 72 hours.

That didn’t bother the team, which took it all in stride, winning the first match 3-0, before taking on Caddo Magnet.

In that match, the Lady Trojans broke a scoreless tie late in the match on a goal from McKenzie Champagne, which sent the match to its final margin.

“It’s been a long week,” Blanchard said. “But I think we’ve made memories and I think even through it all, we all know that we’re closer now because of it.”