High School Sports

Sacred Heart eliminates Our Lady Academy

BAY ST. LOUIS -- Sacred Heart defeated Our Lady Academy 4-2 in the second round of the 1A-2A-3A girls soccer playoffs on Saturday.

Sacred Heart will play St. Andrews in the 1A-2A-3A South State finals on Tuesday.

"In the second half, I moved my players around a little bit more; little bit more strength on the left and the right," Sacred Heart coach Joe Falla, Sr. said. "The center midfield is still a little bit weak, but we made it up on the outside."

Junior Mary Margaret Parker was the difference in the second half for Sacred Heart, recording a hat trick. She broke the 1-1 tie with 15 minutes left in the game.

Parker added her second goal seven minutes later. Parker's third goal came with only four minutes left, earning a penalty kick opportunity. The score gave the Lady Crusaders a commanding 4-1 lead.

"Mariana and I work together really well, and I just started screaming for the ball because I was wide open," Parker said. "She just played me a prefect ball and I put it away. Sacred Heart boys' head coach Joe Falla, Jr., usually talks to me at halftime and tells me what I need to work on. He just started telling me that I had to be more creative. I have the vision, I just have to get out there and figure out a way to get around my defenders."

OLA cut the lead to 4-2 on Kiley Jacobs' goal, but they didn't score again.

The Crescents led 1-0 in the first half on Ashlyn Davis' goal.

Gabrielle Craig tied the game at 1-1 at halftime, giving Sacred Heart the momentum.

"That was really big for us because we needed that confidence boost, and once we got that, it was done from there on," Craig said. "We had possession pretty much the whole game."

Sacred Heart finished the game with 20 total shots and nine shots on goal. OLA had eight shots, three shots on goal.