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High school soccer: Benton girls pull off upset in first round of Div. II playoffs


The No. 19 seed Benton Lady Tigers advanced to the second round of the Division II girls soccer playoffs with a 4-0 upset of No. 14 Central on Friday in Baton Rouge.

Benton (7-14-3) will travel to Monroe for a second-round matchup against No. 3 Neville (17-5-3). Second-round games must be played by Wednesday. Neville received a first-round bye.

The Lady Tigers join No. 11 Parkway (11-7-5), the District 1 co-champion, who received a forfeit from No. 22 Marrero Academy of Our Lady in the first round. The Lady Panthers travel to Lake Charles on Wednesday for a second-round game against No. 6 Sam Houston (11-4-2).

Benton’s Ella Kate Malley scored two goals against Central (11-9-1). Aiden McGhee and Alexia Unrein had one each.

Unrein and Kyla Klingensmith had one assist each. Goalkeeper Merritt Lauterbach also made a nice save on a penalty kick.

Elsewhere, the Airline boys and girls teams lost Division I first-round games on the road to higher seeds.

The No. 20 Vikings lost to No. 13 Baton Rouge High 6-1 in Baton Rouge. The No. 21 Lady Vikings fell to No. 12 Barbe 6-0 in Lake Charles.

Tung Khai scored the Airline boys’ goal on a header. The Vikings closed the season 14-11-2. Baton Rouge raised its record to 13-5-4.

The Airline girls finished the season 6-13-5. Barbe improved to 14-10-2.

The No. 18 seed Parkway boys put up a good fight against No. 15 Neville in Monroe before falling 2-0. The Panthers finished 11-10-3. Neville improved to 7-6-5.

Bossier (15-10-1), the No. 14 seed, faces No. 19 North DeSoto (11-9-0) in a Division III boys first-round game at 5 p.m. Saturday at Bossier’s Memorial Stadium.

The Bearkats defeated the Griffins 3-0 in a District 1 matchup on Monday, the final game of the regular season.

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