CHS Soccer To Compete in Quarterfinals after Victory over St. Amant
The no. 12 seed CHS soccer team scored a 2-1 victory over no. 5 seeded St. Amant on Wednesday, Feb. 10. The Gators came into the second round match with an undefeated record at home this season and a 17-2-2 record in the last two seasons. The underdog Bears designed their game plan to match the small confines of The Pit, which has given opponents fits for years. The Bears played physical soccer, marking St. Amant’s best player, Briggs Bourgeois, and limiting his number of touches, breakaway possessions, and clean shots on goal.
The Gators kept the ball in Bears’ territory for most of the first half, but it did not stop the visitors from getting on the board first. Matthew Morales struck a left-footed laser from thirty-five yards out past the keeper for a 1-0 CHS lead in the 24 minute. Eli Weathers assisted on the goal. The Gators tied the match near the end of the half with a rebound shot off of a corner kick.
The second half was a test of physical will and the Bears were up to the test, fighting off 15 fouls committed by the Gators, while maintaining their composure and executing a better pass completion percentage (45% to 30%). The perseverance paid off, and in the 76 minute, Cole Cazenave buried a shot from thirty yards out, booming a right side shot into the bottom left-hand corner past the keeper. Nicholas Davies assisted on the goal.
The defense countered many St. Amant corner kicks and headers in the box and defensed numerous Bourgeois throw-ins expertly. The Bears limited the Gators to a 30 percent success rate on their passes and keeper Patrick Riley had four saves and was prepared for six other missed shot attempts that came his way.
The Bears will face no. 4 Jesuit at home on Tuesday, Feb. 16 at 6:30 p.m.
Click here to read a story on the Bears’ second round win over St. Amant courtesy of The Advocate.