St. Paul’s, Holy Cross, E.D. White, Episcopal of Acadiana earn top-seeds in boys soccer playoffs

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Brackets: LHSAA boys soccer playoffs

St. Paul’s, Holy Cross, E.D. White Catholic and Episcopal of Acadiana have earned top-seeds for the boys state soccer tournament.

The Wolves (22-2) are the four-time defending Division I state champion and easily earned the top-seed for this year’s Division I tournament. St. Paul’s, who did not lose in-state this season, will face the winner of 16th-seed Brother Martin (14-6-6), who will host 17th-seeded West Monroe in the opening round. St. Paul’s whipped the Crusaders 4-0 and 3-0 during the regular season.

Catholic High of Baton Rouge (15-2-2) is the second-seed. The Bears get a bye and will face the winner of 15th-seed Jesuit (18-3-6), who will host 18th-seeded Barbe in the opening round. The Blue Jays are a dangerous 15th-seed. Catholic beat Jesuit 1-0 on Nov. 24 in Baton Rouge and the two sides played to s a scoreless tie on Jan. 13 in Baton Rouge.

Third-seed Byrd (20-3-2) gets a bye and the Yellow Jackets will entertain the winner of 14th-seed Sulphur and 19th-seed New Iberia in the regional round.

Lafayette (16-1-9) is the fourth-seed. The Lions will play the winner of 13th-seeded Grace King (14-1-3), who will host 20th-seeded East Ascension in the opening round. The Fighting Irish are a dangerous 13th-seed, having lost only to Jesuit (3-1).

Northshore (15-3-3) earned the eighth-seed and gets a first-round bye and will play the winner of the first-round match between 24th-seeded Hammond (10-8-1) plays at ninth-seed Dutchtown. The Griffins downed the Panthers 2-0 in the regular season while the Panthers edged the Tornadoes 3-2 on Jan. 22.

West Jefferson (13-5-2) is the 21st-seed and the Buccaneers travel to 12th-seed Pineville while 22nd-seed Covington (10-4-5) travels to 11th-seeded Acadiana.

Holy Cross (16-3-2) earned the top-seed in Division II. The Tigers have a first-round bye before taking on the winner of the first-round match pitting 17th-seed Central Lafourche at 16th-seeded Westgate.

Beau Chene (15-7-5) is the second-seed. The Gators get a bye and will face the winner of 15th-seed Ben Franklin (10-8-4), who will host 18th-seeded Live Oak in the opening round. The Falcons won a state championship in 2014.

Ouachita Parish (15-10-4) is the third-seed and the Lions will take on the winner of the first-round match which has 19th-seed Destrehan (8-4-4) at 14th-seeded Lakeshore (7-11-4).

Fourth-seeded Ruston (15-1-3) gets a bye and the Bearcats will get the winner of 20th-seed De La Salle (9-5-5) at 13th-seed and two-time defending state champion St. Thomas More (6-10-7) in the regional round.

Unbeaten Riverdale (15-0-1) earned the sixth-seed and has a bye before hosting the winner of 11th-seed East Jefferson (9-8-3), who will host 22nd-seed Central in the opening round. The Rebels and Warriors played to a 2-2 tie on Jan. 23.

E.D. White Catholic (17-5-3) earned the top-seed in Division III. The Cardinals receive a bye and will host the winner of the first-round match between 17th-seed Bolton at 16th-seeded St. Michael.

University Lab (12-3-6) is the second-seed and the Cubs will face the winner of 18th-seed David Thibodaux at 15th-seeded Archbishop Hannan (8-6-3) in the regional round.

Third-seed Teurlings Catholic (9-8-5) gets a bye and the Rebels will face the winner of the first-round match pitting 19th-seed Lutcher at 14th-seeded Leesville.

Loyola Prep (14-11-5) is the fourth-seed. The Flyers get a bye and will take on the winner of 20th-seed Bossier at 13th-seeded Erath.

Pearl River (9-4-3) is the 21st-seed and will play at 12th-seeded Cecilia in the opening round.

New Orleans Military and Maritime (9-4-2) is the 24th-seed and will play at ninth-seeded Parkview Baptist in the opening round.

Haynes (6-11-3) gets the 23rd-seed and the Yellow Jackets travel to 10th-seed North Vermilion in round one.

Unbeaten Episcopal of Acadiana (19-0-1) is the top-seed in Division IV and the Falcons get an opening round bye before facing the winner of 17th-seed Delta Charter and 16th-seeded Ascension Christian.

Episcopal (17-3-6) is the second-seed and the Knights have a bye before facing the winner of 18th-seed Westminster Christian at 15th-seeded Covenant Christian. Episcopal won a state championship in 2013.

Northlake Christian (14-1-3) is the third-seed and the Wolverines get a bye before taking on the winner of 19th-seeded Houma Christian at 14th-seed Evangel Christian. Northlake Christian’s only loss was to Episcopal of Acadiana (3-1). The Wolverines won the state title in 2011 and 2016.

Defending state champion Newman (14-4) is the fourth-seed. The Greenies receive a bye before meeting the winner of the match between 13th-seed Lafayette Christian and 20th-seed Opelousas Catholic in the second round. Newman also won state in Division III in 2010.

St. Thomas Aquinas (11-7-5) is the fifth-seed and gets a bye before facing the winner of 12th-seed Christ Episcopal (8-4-5), who will host 21st-seed Rapides in the opening round.

Country Day (9-8-1) is the 11th-seed. The Cajuns will host 22nd-seed Runnels Friday at 3:30 p.m. Country Day won the Division III state championship in 2011.

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