East Jefferson joins Jesuit as top ranked teams in state soccer polls

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Surprising East Jefferson has taken over the top spot in the Louisiana High School Soccer Coaches Association Division II polls released Monday. It shouldn’t be much of a surprise after the Warriors reached the semifinals a year ago.

The Warriors (8-2-3) played a couple of impressive tie matches last week against defending Division I state champion Jesuit and Division II power St. Thomas More and were voted into the No. 1 position by the slimmest of margins over previously top-ranked and defending Division II state champion Holy Cross, receiving three first-place votes. East Jeff’s two losses were to St. Paul’s and Northshore.

Holy Cross is now second. The Tigers also received three first-place votes. St. Thomas More is a very close third with three first-place votes while Beau Chene is fourth with the final first-place vote. Lakeshore is fifth. Ben Franklin is tenth.

St. Louis Catholic (10-3-3) received six first-place votes and sits atop the Division III poll. University Lab is second with a pair of first-place votes while Teurlings Catholic is third with the final two first-place votes. E.D. White Catholic is fourth with Loyola Prep fifth. Lusher is ninth with Archbishop Hannan tenth.

Unbeaten defending state champion Episcopal of Acadiana (8-0-2) remains the unanimous choice for No. 1 in Division IV with Newman second. Episcopal is third with Northlake Christian fourth and Catholic of New Iberia fifth. Pope John Paul II is seventh, St. Thomas Aquinas is eighth, Christ Episcopal is ninth with Country Day tenth.

Here are your boys LHSSCA polls for the week of Dec. 31-Jan. 6:

DIVISION I

1 Jesuit [9] 149 (13-0-3)
2 St. Paul’s [1] 140 (9-0-3)
3 Denham Springs 121 (11-2-1)
4 Northshore 120 (10-1-3)
5 St. Amant 113 (11-2-1)
6 Catholic – B.R. 104 (6-3-1)
7 Dutchtown 86 (4-2-4)
8 Lafayette 80 (4-4-1)
9 East Ascension 61 (9-3-1)
10 Byrd 46

Others receiving votes:
Brother Martin 45 (5-3-2)
Baton Rouge 35 (9-2-2)
Alexandria 29 (6-5-3)
Mandeville 28 (10-5-1)
Captain Shreve 13 (11-4)
Barbe 11 (11-1-3)
Slidell 7 (8-0-2)
West Jefferson 6 (2-4-2)
Acadiana 3 (2-6-1)
Hahnville 2 (3-5-2)
Pineville 1 (8-5-4)

DIVISION II
1 East Jefferson [3] 140 (8-2-3)
2 Holy Cross [3] 136 (9-2-2)
3 St. Thomas More [3] 133 (9-1-2)
4 Beau Chene [1] 121 (9-2-5)
5 Lakeshore 117 (12-3-1)
6 Woodlawn – B.R. 97 (7-4-1)
7 Terrebonne 92 (11-1-3)
8 Caddo Magnet 73 (4-2-1)
9 Central Lafourche 49 (7-5-4)
10 Ruston 47 (8-3-3)
10 Ben Franklin 47 (5-3)

Others receiving votes:
Ouachita Parish 43 (7-7-4)
Riverdale 34 (6-2-3)
Benton 34 (8-5-3)
Live Oak 16 (6-9-3)
South Lafourche 6 (0-6)
Helen Cox 5 (6-2-1)
De La Salle 5 (4-7-7)
Destrehan 3 (4-5)
Central – B.R. 1 (8-4)
Carencro 1 (2-4-3)

DIVISION III
1 St. Louis Catholic [6] 146 (10-3-3)
2 University Lab [2] 140 (8-2-1)
3 Teurlings Catholic [2] 132 (7-0-1)
4 E.D. White Catholic 115 (6-4-2)
5 Loyola Prep 106 (8-6-3)
6 Parkview Baptist 94 (9-0-3)
7 Vandebilt Catholic 91 (2-5-3)
7 Holy Savior Menard 91 (5-3-1)
9 Lusher Charter 57 (7-1-2)
10 Archbishop Hannan 54 (10-3)

Others receiving votes:
North Vermillion 45 (7-3-4)
Haynes Academy 37 (6-4)
DeRidder 36 (6-6-5)
Pearl River 23 (6-2)
N.O. Military and Maritime 9 (4-2-2)
Leesville 8 (2-6-4)
St. Martinville 6 (3-4-4)
Bolton 4 (5-5-3)
Lutcher 2 (6-6)
North DeSoto 2 (9-5)
St. Michael 1 (2-11-1)
Morgan City 1 (4-7-2)

DIVISION IV
1 Episcopal of Acadiana [10] 150 (8-0-2)
2 Newman 138 (3-1-3)
3 Episcopal 130 (7-1-1)
4 Northlake Christian 120 (3-2-1)
5 Catholic – N.I. 108 (6-3-3)
6 Sterlington 99 (7-2-3)
7 Pope John Paul II 89 (8-3-2)
8 St. Thomas Aquinas 84 (3-3-3)
9 Christ Episcopal 62 (4-5-1)
10 Country Day 55 (2-5)

Others receiving votes:
Ascension Christian 42 (6-3)
Glenmora 35 (4-6-4)
Dunham 24 (2-4-3)
Houma Christian 21 (7-5)
Calvary Baptist 19 (6-2-2)
Ascension Episcopal 6 (7-3-2)
Rapides 4 (5-5)
St. Frederick 3 (4-5)
Lafayette Christian 3 (2-2-2)
Runnels 3 (0-4-2)
Covenant Christian 2 (3-5-2)
Westminster Christian 2 (4-5-3)
Vermillion Catholic 1 (2-2-1)

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