Post by Scott Crawford on Feb 22, 2013 15:53:28 GMT -6
St. Paul's Holiday Invitational is widely regarded as the top high school soccer tournament in Louisiana. And there's good reason why. The results, compared to the playoff results, are quite similar. In the 20 years since the 1992 St. Paul's Tournament, 18 of the 42 St. Paul's Tournament Finalists won a State Championship. 5 more were State Runners-up. For the last eight seasons, one of the Finalists at St. Paul's has won State.
I started comparing old newspaper reports to the St. Paul's Tournament website, and found that there were few correct results. So I decided to use the newspaper and LAprepSoccer results rather than the tournament website.
St. Paul's Holiday Invitational Championship Game results:
1984: unknown 1985: unknown 1986: unknown 1987: Catholic BR 4 Rummel 3 (PKs) 1988: Catholic BR beat Northshore 1989: unknown 1990: Mandeville 3 St. Paul's 1 (at Skipper Stadium) 1991: Catholic BR 3 De La Salle 0 1992: Catholic BR 2 De La Salle 1 1993: Bishop Sullivan 1994: Catholic BR 2 Jesuit 0 1995: Mandeville 3 St. Paul's 0 1996: St. Paul's 4 Baton Rouge 3 1997: Northshore 1 St. Paul's 0 (5-4 PKs) 1998: Jesuit 4 Vandebilt 1 1999: Jesuit 2 Northshore 0 2000: Jesuit 2 Caddo 0 2001: Vandebilt 3 Jesuit 1 2002: Ben Franklin 1 Vandebilt 0 2003: Vandebilt 4 Catholic BR 1 (played at Vandebilt due to weather cancellation) 2004: St. Paul's 1 Vandebilt 0 2005: Jesuit 5 St. Paul's 2 2006: Jesuit 5 Caddo 0 2007: Caddo 2 Brother Martin 1 (10-9 PKs) 2008: Jesuit 4 Caddo 0 2009: Jesuit 3 St. Paul's 1 2010: Jesuit 1 St. Paul's 0 2011: Jesuit 3 Brother Martin 0 2012: Jesuit 3 Catholic BR 2 2013: St. Paul's 2 Acadiana 0 2014: St. Paul's 2 Catholic BR 0
The reason why the information may be unknown is because the tournament was co-hosted with Mandeville in the early 90's. This particular final was played in Skipper Stadium. How can I confirm? I played in the game and recall watching the game on VHS tape. That tape is probably sitting on my mom's shelf still. We recorded all the big games in those days. The fact that I played in the game may not be all that interesting for the general public, but my teammate Jason Kreis had a good game. I just may have to go and dig up that old tape. I do not recall anything about the tournament in 1989, I was just a freshman and playing JV. I would like to brag about having participated in the game prior to the final. We played Catholic BR in the Semi-Final, winning 4-3 in OT. Now that was one for the ages. I recall truly phenomenal goals. Scott Yerby (BR) scored on a bicycle kick in the first half and we (MHS) scored on a set play I believe I have seen pulled off at the World Cup (I am thinking Argentina vs England in 98). The deciding goal came from a solo dribble from a true team player, Zach James, which started behind midfield. The talent on the field at that time was inspiring, not just the goal scorers, but also the defenders who had the impossible job of keeping up with such awesome attackers.
Last Edit: Dec 18, 2013 22:43:33 GMT -6 by R&B Dawg