The Leesville Pride women’s soccer team kicked off Thursday, May 6, against rival Broughton in the Cap Seven Tournament Championship. Leesville beat Broughton both times in the regular season, but this was different because the Pride would be playing for their fourth straight Cap Seven title.
Both teams’ defenses held its ground throughout the first half not allowing a single goal. “At half time I knew it was going to be a good game, and a strong fight to the finish,” said Sam Floyd, senior, who was present at the championship game.
Floyd’s prediction would be correct starting with a goal by Broughton half way through the second half. The Pride would strike back with a goal from Kelsey Weiss, junior, tying the game at 1-1.
The score would hold for the rest of the game as well as in the two 10 minute and two 5 minute sudden death periods. The championship would be decided by penalty kicks. The Pride was familiar with penalty kicks because they won the 2009 State Championship in a penalty kick shoot-out.
The Pride’s penalty kick lineup would be Stephanie Bronson, junior, Rachel Hunter, junior, Courtney Johnson, sophomore, Weiss and Claudel Pilon, senior.
Erika Lenns, senior goalie, would step up making two huge saves allowing Weiss to be the hero again. Weiss blasted in another goal to put the Pride up 4-2 with only one kick left for Broughton.
“It was a great game, and it took a lot of team work to come back from being down 1 to 0 to our biggest rival. This game meant a lot to us, especially the seniors, since we have won this tournament since our freshman year and we didn’t want to lose it our senior year,” said Pilon after the game. “I’m really proud of my teammates for pulling it through cause we definitely deserved the win.”
The Leesville ladies would capture their fourth straight CAP Seven title and gain even more momentum going into the state playoffs. Weiss knows her work is not done yet. “Conference Champions, okay, Conference Tournament Champions, okay, time to win it all!” said Weiss.
The first round of the State Playoffs begins Tuesday, May 11. The Pride will hope to win their third straight State Championship.