Soccer: Ben Franklin and Willow School boys, Lakeshore girls advance to state finals
Prep Soccer Playoff Report for Sunday, Feb. 19
The two sides were evenly matched.
In fact, it was so even that it took regulation, overtime and the ninth phase of penalty kicks to decide it.
In the end, top seed Ben Franklin outlasted No. 4 East Jefferson 8-7 in the ninth round of penalty kicks after the two sides had played to a 1-1 tie.
It was the second win for Ben Franklin over East Jefferson this season.
Kole Robinson delivered the deciding kick for the Falcons after Ben Franklin keeper Jacob Russell stopped a Warrior penalty kick.
Fin Bartkus scored for the Falcons late in the first half to give Ben Franklin a 1-0 halftime lead before David Ramirez got the equalizer for East Jefferson early in the second half.
Ben Franklin (21-3-3) advances to the state title match to face No. 2 St. Thomas More, who downed No. 3 Archbishop Rummel 1-0. Ben Franklin last won a state title in 2014.
St. Thomas More got the lone goal of the showdown with Rummel on a header by Noah Bloom off a throw in late in the first half and the Cougars made it stand up. The Raiders had beaten St. Thomas More 2-1 in the regular season.
In Division III, fourth-seed The Willow School stunned top seed University Lab, winning on penalty kicks after the two sides played to a scoreless tie through regulation and overtime.
The Lions (16-4-5) advance to the final to take on No. 2 Bossier, who downed No. 3 St. Louis Catholic 1-0.
In the girls Division I semifinals, No. 1 seed St. Joseph’s Academy edged No. 5 Dominican 1-0 at home to reach the title match.
The Redstickers got the lone goal in the 28th minute on a header by Anna Alleman.
In the girls Division II semifinals, No. 2 Lakeshore downed No. 3 Teurlings Catholic 3-1 at home. It was the second win for the Titans over the Rebels this season.
Lucy Kent put Lakeshore on top with a first half goal and it was 1-0 at halftime.
The Rebels tied it on a goal by Ariana Lowenstein before Madison Busque scored what turned out to be the winning goal to make it 2-1. Shea Lacombe added an insurance goal.
Lakeshore (20-7-3) advances to the state title match for a third straight year, looking for its first win next Friday, Feb. 24 at 7:30 at Strawberry Stadium in Hammond. The opponent is quite familiar.
No. 1 seed St. Thomas More crushed No. 4 Caddo Magnet 7-0. The Cougars have beaten Lakeshore in each of the last two finals.
In Division III, No. 2 Parkview Baptist handled No. 6 Academy of the Sacred Heart of New Orleans 7-0 to advance to the final.
Prep Soccer Playoff Results from Saturday, Feb. 18
No. 9 Dutchtown 1, No. 5 Sulphur 0
No. 2 St. Paul’s 2, No. 3 Mandeville 0
No. 1 Ben Franklin 1, No. 4 East Jefferson 1 (BF wins 9-8 on PK’s)
No. 2 St. Thomas More 1, No. 3 Archbishop Rummel 0
No. 3 Bossier 1, No. 2 St. Louis Catholic 0
No. 4 The Willow School 0, No. 1 University Lab 0 (Willow School wins on PK’s)
No. 1 St. Joseph’s Academy 1, No. 5 Dominican 0
No. 6 Dutchtown 2, No. 7 Northshore 0
No. 1 St. Thomas More 7, No. 4 Caddo Magnet 0
No. 2 Lakeshore 3, No. 3 Teurlings Catholic 1
No. 2 Parkview Baptist 7, No. 6 Academy of Sacred Heart (NO) 0
LHSAA State Soccer Final Schedule for Strawberry Stadium in Hammond
No. 2 St. Paul’s vs. No. 9 Dutchtown, 4:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 25
No. 1 Ben Franklin vs. No. 2 St. Thomas More, 4:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 24
No. 2 Bossier vs. No. 4 The Willow School, 4:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 23
No. 2 Holy Savior Menard vs. No. 5 Episcopal, 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 22
No. 1 St. Joseph’s Academy vs. No. 6 Dutchtown, 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 25
No. 1 St. Thomas More vs. No. 2 Lakeshore, 7:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 24
No. 1 Archbishop Hannan vs. No. 2 Parkview Baptist, 7:30 p.m. Thursday,, Feb. 23
No. 4 Episcopal vs. No. 6 Newman, 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 22
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