Soccer Team To Host Jesuit in Division I Quarterfinal Match
The CHS soccer team will host a Division I quarterfinal match on Tuesday night with a 6:30pm start versus the #4 seeded Jesuit Blue Jays.
The Bears defeated the #5 seed St. Amant Gators on the road last Wednesday night to advance out of the second round. The Blue Jays scored three goals in the first half, then held off an offensive onslaught to defeat #13 Sulphur by a 3-1 margin.
Jesuit has a storied history in soccer, winning ten state championships since 1987. The Jays, 23-3-2 overall, won the District 9 championship with a 4-0 record. Longtime coach Hubie Collins’ squad posted a 14-1 record against Division I teams.
The Bears, coached by Josh McReynolds, are 14-7-2 on the season and, like Jesuit, were district champions. CHS is led by leading goal scorer Cole Cazenave along with Matthew Morales, Michael Focht, Nicholas Davies and keeper Patrick Riley.
“We must continue to play defense like we have in our last three matches. We have played physical defense, matched the opposing team’s best players well, and only allowed one goal in those three matches,” said McReynolds. “One of the main keys to winning the match is to be organized and disciplined on set pieces. Jesuit is known for their exceptional set piece execution. We will need to have top notch concentration and discipline to deal with the Blue Jays’ set pieces. Finally, we must convert our attacking opportunities. Jesuit is very stingy on the defensive side and making possessions on their side of the field count is important. Our student section turnout against St. Amant was excellent. We are hopeful that having the home pitch advantage will count in our favor.”
The winner of Tuesday’s match will face the winner between #1 St. Paul’s and #8 New Iberia in the Division I semifinals.