Soccer Playoff Report: St. Paul’s, Jesuit, Holy Cross, Northlake Christian advance to boys semifinals
Four area boys schools have pushed through to the LHSAA prep soccer semifinals with victories on Mardi Gras day and night.
In Division I, top-seed and four-time defending state champion St. Paul’s fought off a stiff challenge from district rival and eighth-seed Norrthshore, winning 3-2 at Hunter Stadium in Covington.
Justin Savoie prevented overtime and a possible huge upset with a goal in stoppage time.
The Wolves (24-2) got a first half goals from Conner Walmsley and James Bryant to take a seemingly comfortable 2-0 lead but Jean Rojas scored for the Panthers cut the deficit to 2-1 by halftime.
Northshore tied it with a second half goal by Fernando Trujillo on a free kick before Savoie got the game-winner.
The loss stopped a nine-match win streak for the Panthers (16-4-3). St. Paul’s had beaten Northshore 2-0 on Jan. 5 in district play.
The Wolves advance to the semifinals to host fourth-seeded Lafayette. The Lions edged fifth-seed St. Amant 3-2.
Jesuit continued to prove it is vastly under-seeded.
The 15th-seeded Blue Jays went on the road again and whipped 10th-seed Denham Springs 3-0.
Ashton Perkins scored two goals, one in each half and Braden Brignac added a third goal for Jesuit in an impressive performance. Jesuit has not allowed a goal in its three playoff victories.
The Blue Jays (22-3-6) will have to travel again in the semifinals, heading north to Shreveport to face third-seed Byrd.
The Yellow Jackets whipped 11th-seeded Acadiana 4-1. Denham Springs finished its season 20-7-4.
In Division II, top-seed Holy Cross found itself in a dogfight against ninth-seed Woodlawn at Baton Rouge. The Panthers led 3-2 in the second half.That is when the Tigers turned it on, scoring the final four goals of the match to win 6-3.
Ethan Garvey scored first to give the Tigers a 1-0 lead before Jacob Barnes tied it for Woodlawn. The Panthers took a 2-1 lead on a goal by Cody Stevenson before Holy Cross tied it 2-2 by halftime on a goal by Josue Fuentes.
Woodlawn recaptured the lead at 3-2 on a second half goal by Stevenson before the Tigers exploded for the final four goals. Ethan Jones tied it before Sebastian Aguilar put Holy Cross on top 4-3. Chad Cadiere made it 5-3 and Jones finished it off with his second goal to account for the final score.
Holy Cross (18-3-2) advances to the semifinals to host fourth-seeded Ruston. The Bearcats dismissed Caddo Magnet 2-1.
In Division IV, third-seed Northlake Christian blanked sixth-seeded Catholic of New Iberia 1-0, scoring the lone goal in the second half. The Wolverines (17-1-3) advance to the semifinals to travel to second-seed Episcopal. The Knights advanced with an 8-0 whitewash of 10th-seed Sterlington.
Prep Soccer Playoff Results from Tues., Feb. 13
#1 St. Paul’s 3, #8 Northshore 2
#4 Lafayette 3, #5 St. Amant 2
#3 Byrd 4, #11 Acadiana 1
#15 Jesuit 3, #10 Denham Springs 0
#1 Holy Cross 6, #9 Woodlawn (BR) 3
#1 E.D. White Catholic 7, #8 St. Martinville 0
#5 St. Louis Catholic 6, #4 Loyola Prep 5
#2 University 3, #7 Holy Savior Menard 1
#3 Northlake Christian 1, #6 Catholic (NI) 0
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