Sterlington 7, Ouachita Christian 0
Bolstered by Allison Guerriero's triple, five Lady Panthers found the net in a 7-0 triumph over visiting Ouachita Christian on a pleasant Tuesday evening.
With Sterlington (10-2-3, 2-0) unleashing a relentless barrage of shots from the outset, the result was never in doubt.
Assisted by Shelby Moore, Guerriero opened the scoring just three minutes in from 18 yards out.
OCS goalkeeper Sarah Tilmon made a pair of fine back-to-back saves to keep it at 1-0. Guerriero was denied a second goal after a a textbook long pass from Maddie Lawhon, and Tilmon stopped Emarie Adams' angled shot on the short hop.
But the Lady Panthers would not let up.
Madelyn Bozeman's goal from the right angle, assisted by Emma Grace Brister, doubled the difference to 2-0 in the 17th minute.
Three minutes later, Lawhon overshot the net from distance.
OCS (7-4-3, 0-1-1) dodged another bullet when the Lady Panthers peppered four shots at the net off of a corner kick.
Nevertheless, Sterlington doubled its lead to 4-0 with two goals in the final five minutes of the half.
Guerriero picked up her second goal on a looping shot from 20 yards out in the 36th minute, and Adams scored her first varsity goal from eight yards away in the 38th minute.
Sterlington out-shot the Lady Eagles by a staggering 29-1 margin in the first half.
"I told the girls at halftime, I had no complaints," Sterlington coach Lori Bruscato said. "We moved the ball around better than we have been. We worked on some things in practice, and I was proud to see us execute them during the game."
There was no change in the script after the interval.
"In the first half, we could have gotten frustrated because we had so many shots, but they weren't going in," Bruscato said. "We kept working in the second half, and got them in."
Following up Bel Coley's blast, Guerriero punched the rebound across the goal stripe to complete the hat trick 11 minutes into the second half.
Lawhon added an unassisted tally in the 55th minute and Coley hammered home a goal from straight on in the 64th minute to wrap up the scoring.
"We had multiple people score," Bruscato said. "Allison had the hat trick. After that four people scored."
Besides receiving goals from five different players, six different Lady Panthers contributed assists. Andie Forbes set up Coley's final goal.
"We had a lot of assists tonight," Bruscato said. "This is a very unselfish group of girls. They enjoy seeing their teammates have success. I think that goes a long way."
The match ended on an unfortunate note. With less than 30 seconds to play, Sterlington keeper Ana Hodnett and OCS Tru Chambliss were both injured while striking the ball simultaneously. Hodnett left the field with assistance favoring her right knee while Chambliss injured an ankle. The extent of the injuries were not immediately available.
Sterlington out-shot the Lady Eagles 46-3 with half of its attempts on target, and held a 6-0 edge in corner kicks.
"I told the girls before the game, you can't take anything for granted in district, and they didn't," Bruscato said. "I think they are excited to start district."
Orginally scheduled for OCS, the game was moved to the Panther Field turf due to soggy field conditions.
"Getting to play at home was an added bonus," Bruscato said. "I appreciate them moving the game."
Sterlington continues Division 2, District IV play Thursday night in Ferriday vs. Delta Charter at 5:30 p.m.
OCS ............................... SHS
3 ...... Shots .................... 46
3 ...... Shots on Target .... 23
0 ...... Corner kicks .......... 6
1 ...... Offsides ................. 1
1 ...... Fouls ...................... 1
0 ...... Cards ..................... 0