Tors score three in second half, going back to quarterfinals

Published 10:37 am Friday, February 10, 2023

SULPHUR — The fifth-ranked Sulphur Tors made the right adjustments in the second half to score three goals and beat No. 12 Central Lafourche 4-1 in a Division I regional soccer playoff game Thursday at Matt Walker Memorial Stadium.

“It was good and bad,” Sulphur head coach Trevor Foolkes said. “At times we were very good, and then at times (bad).

“That was due to the other team, too. (Central Lafourche is) very good and controlled a lot of the last 15 to 20 minutes of the first half. Then the usual thing in the second half, we played a lot better than we had been in the first half.”

Up 1-0 at the break, the Tors scored a quick goal 5 minutes into the second half. Anthony Mazon knocked the ball into the goal near the right post off a lofted corner kick by Kole Poncho.

The Tors got two more chances in the next 2 minutes with Central Lafourche keeper Ethan Cotton stopping a shot by Neil Dupre. The Trojans controlled the next 10 minutes, while the Tors were called for a handball in the 54th minute. Central Lafourche (14-6-5) midfielder Owen Folse scored in the penalty kick to cut the Tors lead to 2-1.

“They were just dominating (the midfield),” Foolkes said. “(Owen Folse) is a beast in there. They were passing the ball in there and we were not transitioning that well from offense to defense and defense to offense.

“The second half wore on, and I think we figured out a little bit what was going on. Also, they had (Christian Carrol) that they moved around up top that was very good also.”

The Tors controlled the final 20 minutes, scoring twice. Dupre scored in the 75th minute off a deflection by Cotton. In stoppage time, Jairo Suarez worked the ball on the backline with a defender on him and managed to squeeze the ball in between the right post and Cotton.

Robert Campos scored the lone goal of the first half in the 15th minute on a 35-yard shot that skimmed the turf and tipped off Cotton’s hands.

It is the second time in the last decade that the Tors will make back-to-back quarterfinal appearances. The Tors (17-3-4) will travel to play No. 4 West Monroe (19-3-1) in the quarterfinals. The Rebels beat No. 20 Northshore (11-9-3) 2-1 on Thursday.

“It is pretty cool for us,” Foolkes said. “It is a pretty cool accomplishment. We are back there and again and we just want to take the next step and get to the semifinals.”