The 2017-18 Dominican Soccer Team progressed to round two of the state playoffs in February. Though they did not reach their ultimate goal of a state championship, they did achieve season record of 18-9-3. They also had a strong district presence with a record of 6-1.
On Feb. 7, the soccer team traveled to Shreveport to meet Byrd High School in the second round of playoffs. The game was “well matched,” said Mr. Al Silvas, soccer coach. The soccer team played hard throughout the game but fell to Byrd with a final score of 2 – 1.
The playoffs started for the soccer team on Feb. 2 when they met Comeaux High School at Pan American Stadium in the first round. The game ended with a 3-0 victory for Dominican, proving that they “were a team with depth,” according to Mr. Silvas.
The path to the playoffs started the first day of practice in November. Since that first day together, Mr. Silvas said the team pushed themselves, played hard and even surprised themselves. “Our goals were to improve from game to game and compete for district and state championship. We wanted to do this by being restless, having unity, creating an identity and having accountability,” said Mr. Silvas.
“This season has definitely had its ups and downs,” said senior Grace Babin, who led the team not only by being a captain but also in goals. Addtionally, Babin was named to the Division-I All-State 2nd Team. “We challenged many teams we never thought we could. We have grown closer and improved greatly,”
The season wrapped up with senior Abbie Richeson earning an athletic scholarship to play soccer with Louisiana Tech University. Richeson played right wing (a midfielder) for Dominican for four seasons and will continue to play right wing at LA Tech. “I am excited for this new chapter in my soccer life,” said Richeson.
“I proud of how we grew as a team,” said senior forward Meghan Rotolo. “We had a lot of new and young players this season, so I am excited to see what they will accomplish in the coming years.”
- Paige Dawson