Soccer Playoffs: Jesuit boys, Dominican, Newman girls advance to semifinals

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Prep Soccer State Playoff Report for Monday, Feb. 15

The two programs which have dominated prep soccer in Division I for the last decade are poised to square off again in the LHSAA state soccer playoffs but this time, it will not be for a title.

Top seed Jesuit did its part Sunday, posting an impressive 4-0 victory over No. 7 St. Amant at John Ryan Stadium.

The unbeaten Blue Jays were in control from the start.

Colin Bruzdinski scored a pair of goals for Jesuit while Carter Dusang and Trevor Reichmann each added a goal for the Blue Jays, who scored a pair of goals in each half.

Jesuit has not allowed a goal in the playoffs, outscoring opponents 17-0. The Blue Jays have only allowed eight goals all season long in 22 matches while posting 16 shutouts.

Jesuit (19-0-3) has beaten every Louisiana opponent except for Dutchtown. The No. 9 Griffins tied the Blue Jays 1-1 in Geismar on Dec. 12. Dutchtown hosts No. 1 Catholic of Baton Rouge, scheduled for Tuesday at 2 p.m., though weather could be a factor. It was Dutchtown who knocked out Jesuit in the Division I quarterfinals a year ago.

As a result of the victory, Jesuit advances to face rival and 2-time defending state champion and No. 6 seed St. Paul’s in the semifinals.

The Wolves won at No. 3 Captain Shreve 2-0 on Saturday.

Jesuit defeated St. Paul’s 2-0 on Dec. 18 at Covington.

Either the Blue Jays or Wolves have won the last 12 Division I state championships. St. Paul’s (20-3) has won seven titles while Jesuit has captured five during that span. The two schools have combined to win 16 of the last 19 Division I titles.

The two teams have met seven times in the finals, with Jesuit winning four of those.

Since the two powers began their dominance they have only met once in the semifinals, short of the title match, previously. St. Paul’s also defeated Jesuit 2-0 in the Division I semifinals in 2014.

The last team to win a Division I state title other than Jesuit or St. Paul’s was Caddo Magnet in 2007.

Overall, Jesuit has won 13 state titles while St. Paul’s has won 10, all since 1997. Only St. Louis Catholic (13) has won as many state championships in Louisiana as the Blue Jays and Wolves. Jesuit has been a runner-up 10 times while St. Paul’s has finished second five times.

St. Paul’s shutout Catholic of Baton Rouge 2-0 in last year’s state title match.

St. Amant finished its season 15-5-2.

In the girls Division I quarterfinals, top seed Dominican remained unbeaten, shutting out No. 9 St. Scholastica 2-0.

Jasmine Ferrier scored a goal in the first half while Stella French put the match away with a second half goal. Olivia Incamina had a clean sheet in goal for Dominican.

It was the second win for Dominican over SSA this season. Dominican shutout the Doves 4-0 on Dec. 29.

The Doves, who have won six state titles, finish their season 12-3-8.

Dominican (21-0-1) advances to the semifinals for a second straight year and will battle No. 4 St. Joseph’s Academy, who shutout No. 5 Byrd 2-0 on Saturday. Dominican, which has won three state championships, last won a state title in 2011. Dominican lost to Northshore in the semifinals a year ago. Dominican beat the Redstickers 2-1 in the quarterfinals last year.

The only blemish on the Dominican record this season was a 1-1 tie with Division II No. 1 seed St. Thomas More on Jan. 23.

In Division IV, top seed and defending state champion Newman went on the road and blanked No. 9 Episcopal of Acadiana 4-0 at Teurlings Catholic.

The Greenies took a 1-0 lead into halftime and broke the match open with three goals in the second half.

Morgan LaBourgeois scored the first half goal before Hannah Plaisance, Tori Thomas and Anne Chawla each added a goal in the second half in an impressive performance by Newman.

The Greenies (10-4-3), who own the most state championships in Louisiana girls history with 11 titles, advance to the semifinals to take on No. 5 Ascension Episcopal, who defeated No. 4 Grace Christian 2-0 on Saturday.

Episcopal of Acadiana ends its season 11-6-4.

Prep Soccer Quarterfinal Results/Schedule

Boys

Division I

#1 Catholic (BR) at #9 Dutchtown, 2 p.m. Feb. 16

#4 Byrd 3, #5 Denham Springs 2

#6 St. Paul’s 2, #3 Captain Shreve 0

#2 Jesuit 4, #7 St. Amant 0

Division II

#8 South Terrebonne at #1 Holy Cross, 1 p.m. Feb. 16

#5 Neville at #4 Ben Franklin, 5 p.m. at Joe Yenni Stadium Feb. 16

#3 Benton 2, #6 Caddo Magnet 0

#2 St. Thomas More at #10 East Jefferson, 2:30 p.m. at Joe Yenni Stadium Feb. 16

Division III

#1 University High 3, #8 Bossier 0

#5 E.D. White at #4 North Vermilion, 6 p.m. Feb. 16

#3 Loyola Prep 3, #6 Parkview Baptist 1

#2 Lusher 2, #7 Vandebilt Catholic 1

Division IV

#8 Newman at #1 Pope John Paul, 3 p.m. Feb. 16

#5 Holy Savior Menard at #4 Northlake Christian, 6 p.m. Feb. 16

#6 Episcopal at #3 Episcopal of Acadiana, 3 p.m. Feb. 16

#2 Catholic (NI) at #10 Ascension Episcopal, 5:30 p.m. Feb. 16

Girls

Division I

#1 Dominican 2, #9 St. Scholastica 0

#4 St. Joseph’s Academy 2, #5 Byrd 0

#6 Mandeville 4, #19 Hahnville 0

#2 Mount Carmel 3, #7 Northshore 0

Division II

#1 St. Thomas More 8, #9 West Ouachita 0

#5 Vandebilt Catholic 6, #4 Caddo Magnet 0

#6 Ben Franklin 1, #3 Neville 0

#2 Lakeshore 7, #7 Benton 1

Division III

#1 Loyola Prep 7, #8 West Feliciana 0

#4 Parkview Baptist 1, #5 E.D. White Catholic 1 (PB wins 4-1 on PK’s)

#3 St. Michael 5, #6 St. Louis Catholic 2

#2 University High 2, #7 DeRidder 0

Division IV

#1 Newman 4, #9 Episcopal of Acadiana 0

#5 Ascension Episcopal 2, #4 Grace Christian 0

#6 Catholic (NI) 3, #3 Ouachita Christian 1

#10 Sacred Heart (NO) 2, #2 Houma Christian 1

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