Soccer Playoffs: St. Paul’s upsets Jesuit, E.D. White and Pope John Paul also reach finals

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The two dominant programs in Louisiana typically meet in the state championship match.

This time, St. Paul’s and Jesuit squared off in the semifinals.

The two schools which have combined to win the last 12 Division I boys soccer state titles squared off at John Ryan Stadium Saturday.

This time, Jesuit was the top seed and the Blue Jays were unbeaten while the Wolves were the underdog sixth seed and had lost three times.

The Blue Jays are unbeaten no more and their potential dream season came to an end Saturday as the Wolves upset Jesuit 2-0.

After a scoreless first half, the Wolves got the only goal they needed in the 43rd minute from Roch Ragan on an assist by Caleb Nicotri to make it 1-0.

In the 88th minute, St. Paul’s salted the match away on a goal by Cole Shannon on an assist from Ragan.

St. Paul’s (24-3) advances to the state championship match against the winner of No. 1 Catholic of Baton Rouge and No.4 Byrd. The title match is set for Southeastern Louisiana next Saturday at 7 p.m.

Jesuit finished its season 19-1-3.

In Division III, No. 5 E.D. White Catholic upset 2-time defending state champion University High 4-2 in Baton Rouge.

The match was tied 1-1 at halftime as U-High scored first on a goal by Rider Holcomb before Patrick Lyons evened the match for the Cardinals.

Eli Servat and Matthew Gros each scored goals in the second half to give E.D. White a 3-1 lead before Liam Moran cut the deficit to 3-2 with a goal for the Cubs before Kade Folse scored for the Cardinals to seal the deal.

E.D. White (16-3-3) advances to the championship match Thursday at 7:30 p.m. at Strawberry Field in Hammond to face the winner of No. 2 Lusher Charter and No. 3 Loyola Prep, who will play Monday in New Orleans. The Cubs finish their season 13-2.3.

In Division IV, top seed Pope John Paul II is on to the title match for the first time in school history following a 2-0 win over district rival and No. 4 seed Northlake Christian at Slidell.

The match was scoreless at halftime before Brendan Kuzminski broke the deadlock with a goal. Henley Oertling provided insurance with the final goal of the contest.

Pope John Paul II (17-4-2) advances to the title match to face the winner of No. 6 Episcopal and No. 10 Ascension Episcopal on Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. at Southeastern Louisiana. The Wolverines end their season 12-3-2.

Prep Soccer Semifinal Results/Schedule

Girls

Division I

#1 Dominican 3, #4 St. Joseph’s Academy 1

#2 Mount Carmel Academy 2, #6 Mandeville 0

Division II

#1 St. Thomas More 1, #5 Vandebilt Catholic 0

#2 Lakeshore 3, #6 Ben Franklin 0

Division III

#4 Parkview Baptist at #1 Loyola Prep, 3 p.m. Feb. 20

#2 University High 2, #3 St. Michael 1 (OT)

Division IV

#1 Newman 5, #5 Ascension Episcopal 0

#10 Sacred Heart (NO) 4, #6 Catholic (NI) 2

Boys Semifinals Results/Schedule

Division I

#4 Byrd at No. 1 Catholic (BR), 5 p.m. Feb. 22

#6 St. Paul’s 2, #2 Jesuit 0

Division II

#4 Ben Franklin or #5 Neville vs. #1 Holy Cross, Feb. 22

#10 East Jefferson at #3 Benton

Division III

#5 E.D. White Catholic 4, #1 University High 2

#3 Loyola Prep at #2 Lusher Charter at Pan American Stadium, 4 p.m. Feb. 22

Division IV

#1 Pope John Paul II 2, #4 Northlake Christian 0

#10 Ascension Episcopal at #6 Episcopal, 3 p.m. Feb. 21

Boys Prep Soccer Quarterfinal Results/Schedule
Division I
#1 Catholic (BR) 2, #9 Dutchtown 1
#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
#1 Holy Cross 6, #8 South Terrebonne 0
#5 Neville at #4 Ben Franklin, 6 p.m. Feb. 21
#3 Benton 2, #6 Caddo Magnet 0
#10 East Jefferson 0, #2 St. Thomas More 0 (EJ wins 3-1 on Penalty Kicks)

Division III
#1 University High 3, #8 Bossier 0
#5 E.D. White at #4 North Vermilion, 6 p.m. Feb. 20
#3 Loyola Prep 3, #6 Parkview Baptist 1
#2 Lusher 2, #7 Vandebilt Catholic 1

Division IV
#1 Pope John Paul 2, #8 Newman 0
#4 Northlake Christian 2, #5 Holy Savior Menard 0
#6 Episcopal 2, Episcopal of Acadiana 1
#10 Ascension Episcopal 1, #2 Catholic (NI) 0

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