Times – Captain Shreve’s history-making season continues into state soccer playoffs

The most successful season in Captain Shreve girls soccer history was extended Tuesday night on a soggy field at Independence Stadium.

The Lady Gators rolled into the second round of the LHSAA Division I state playoffs. Senior Kiley Rourke got a little luck on her free kick goal and a solid header on her second to lead the Lady Gators to a 3-0 win over Denham Springs.

Shreve moved to 25-2-3, a new school record for victories in a season. Nabbing the 22nd shutout set another school record and freshman keeper Avery Watson holds the individual school record of 21 shutouts.

“Our girls have done a great job being flexible and playing where they were needed based upon available personnel,” coach Erik Lane said. “Junior Emma Bradford has played almost everywhere for us and still has 20 goals, and freshman Alex Knight has been great up top with 26 goals.”

The Lady Gators have battled through multiple injuries to top performers plus COVID-19 and tracing absences by too many players.

Captain Shreve's Kiley Rourke heads in her second goal of the night as the Lady Gators beat Denham Springs 3-0 in the LHSAA Division I playoffs.

Rourke’s first goal came on the free kick that headed for the top of the goal and was tipped up into the air by keeper Alisa Normand. When Normand came down with the catch, however, she and the ball were just over the line. On the second goal early in the second half, Brooklyn Lattier lofted a corner kick that dropped in front of the goal and Rourke pounded the ball past Normand. Maddie Aubrey added the final goal. The Lady Gators will host Baton Rouge Friday in the second round. 

“We had a slow start and were a little hesitant in the first half, but we managed to get a goal before halftime,” Rourke said. “After a few words from coach Lane, I think we came out extremely strong and composed in the second half. We began finding our teammates and creating opportunities we didn’t take advantage of in the first half.”

Lane said there has been just one game when he had all of his top 11 players on the field and that was against Byrd which Shreve lost on penalty kicks. 

But solid play by freshman Ella Grace Davis and Bella Hamilton on the back end has helped Shreve continue making school history. 

“I think we’ll have even more opportunities in the second round and I can’t wait to see how far we go,” Rourke said. 

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