The Porter-Gaud girls’ soccer team scored early and often, cruising to a 6-1 victory over Hammond on Tuesday in SCISA Class AAA quarterfinal action.
Gracie Mogul and Elen Edelson sandwiched goals between a pair of tallies from Tahirih Smith to provide the Cyclones with a 4-0 halftime advantage.
The first goal was particularly noteworthy. Anna McAbee threaded a pass between two Skyhawks defenders to Mogul, who cut inside and made no mistake from 12 yards out.
“After the first two minutes, we settled down and got after it,” Porter-Gaud coach Daniel Jordan said. “We just kind of banked on scoring a lot of goals early and taking the mystery out of the game, which is what we wanted to do to get some players some rest and get everybody in.”
Katie Chick, a sophomore, found the back of the net less than five minutes after the break, and Mogul notched her second goal of the game in the 48th minute, securing the Cyclones’ 10th straight win.
Hammond’s Frances Sadler buried a penalty kick with 11 minutes remaining to end the threat of a shutout.
Top-seeded Porter-Gaud (17-2) will host Cardinal Newman, a No. 2 seed, in the semifinals on Thursday.
“It will be a much different game (than Monday’s),” said Jordan, whose squad will look to avenge a 2-0 loss to the Cardinals in last year’s state title game. “I think it will be a very, very close match, and hopefully our experience will be the difference.”