Soccer Playoff Report: St. Paul’s, Jesuit, Holy Cross, Northlake Christian advance to boys semifinals

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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

2018 LHSAA playoff boys soccer brackets

Boys

Division I

#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

Division II

#1 Holy Cross 6, #9 Woodlawn (BR) 3

Division III

#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

Division IV

#3 Northlake Christian 1, #6 Catholic (NI) 0

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