COVINGTON – The third time was definitely a charm for the Fontainebleau Lady Bulldogs.
Last week, Fontainebleau and St. Scholastica met for the third time this season, and instead of getting swept by the Doves, the Lady Bulldogs punched their ticket to the Division I state championship game.
Fontainebleau, the fourth-seeded team in the postseason tournament, pulled off a 2-1 victory over St. Scholastica in the semifinal round of the playoffs, and it will now meet No. 3 Mt. Carmel for the state crown.
The Doves, the top-ranked team in the state, are considered by many to be the top prep girls soccer team in the country. St. Scholastica had beaten the Lady Bulldogs on two different occasions earlier this year and it had not lost a single contest the entire season entering the playoff showdown. St. Scholastica defeated Fontainebleau by four goals in their first meeting this season and it recorded a one-goal decision in their second confrontation.
In the playoff battle at the Doves’ home field, it was the Lady Bulldogs who got on the board first when Bailey Tadlock scored an early goal in the 14th minute of the contest.
That one-goal edge held up until the 77th minute of play, when Fontainebleau all but assured itself of a trip to the championship game.
It was at that point of the battle that Maddy Cerise found the back of the net for the Lady Bulldogs, and that gave them an insurmountable 2-0 lead.
Sydney Vincens scored a goal in the final minute of the contest to cut the Doves’ deficit to one goal, but the squad would come no closer as it went down in defeat.
St. Scholastica closes out the 2016-17 campaign with an impressive 21-1-1 overall record.
Fontainebleau, meanwhile, improves to 14-4-3 on the season, and it will make a trip to the state championship game for the first time since it reached the title round in the 2008-2009 season.