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All articles found, scanned, and uploaded from microfilms of the Times Picayune by Scott Crawford. 1979 New Orleans Interscholastic Soccer League February 26, 1979 O. Perry Walker Field Warren Easton 5 Jesuit 1
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Carencro muzzles Bulldogs - Fontainebleau falls in bid for state title Times-Picayune, The (New Orleans, LA) - Sunday, March 5, 2006 Author: Billy Turner Staff writer LAFAYETTE -- Carencro forward Sean Broussard lay on the field in pain in the 59th minute of the Nokia Sugar Bowl Division I State Soccer Championships on Saturday night.
His leg was rigid with cramps, and two teammates ran to him to immediately began pressing the toes back to relieve the pressure.
But he was smiling all the same.
"The feeling was unbelievable, even though my leg started cramping before I kicked the ball," Broussard said.
Broussard gathered a bouncing ball off a free kick, slid under two Fontainebleau defenders and sliced the ball into the left corner for a 2-1 Carencro lead.
The Golden Bears added a late goal for a 3-1 victory at the Louisiana-Lafayette Soccer Complex to decide the state's Division I boys title.
Carencro finished the season 23-8-1, but won 10 of its final 11 matches. At one point during the season, they lost six consecutive matches and were 3-4 in district.
A change to keeper Steven Rosser and better defense turned Carencro's season around. Defense, likewise, was the key to the match against Fontainebleau, even as Broussard was selected the game's most outstanding player.
"We thought coming in defense would be the key," said winning coach Kert Talley. "They have two excellent players in the middle in No. 10 (David Gourgues) and No. 12 (Garrett Jackson). They do a lot of things with them off quick passes. We thought if we could separate them we would be okay."
The Golden Bears were able to accomplish that goal.
"We played a great team," Jackson said. "Our midfielders tried to deliver the passes, but it was very difficult to get it to us because of their quickness."
The teams scored in the matches' first 34 seconds and the first half's final 38 seconds.
In between, defense dominated. Fontainebleau struggled to get anything going offensively.
The teams had six shots each in the first half, with both keepers, Rosser of Carencro and Taylor Hovis of Fontainebleau, getting a couple saves.
The large Fontainebleau (25-9-1) contingent had barely begun to settle in when Carencro's Blake Comeaux headed in a throw-in from Trevor Thomas. The match's first run down the field resulted in the score.
"We've done that before," Fontainebleau coach Budd Ditchendorf said. "But this time we were playing a quality team that wouldn't allow us to come back."
In the 19th minute, Carencro got a shot off Hovis's hands, and while Golden Bears players were moving to kick the rebound, Fontainebleau's Pierce Langridge, a junior, kicked the ball out from just in front of the goal.
The 1-0 score held up until Fontainebleau's Chad Hrapmann beat Carencro defender Eric Tabor and Rosser to score with 38 seconds remaining in the first half to tie the score at 1.
"I knew the time was running out, so why not go all out," Hrapmann said. "He (Rosser) didn't get a good grip and I got it out and scored."
But that was it for the Fontainebleau offense. The Bulldogs had more shots than did Carencro -- 14-12 -- but only had a couple more serious threats. Carencro had six shots on goal to the Bulldogs four.
With the score 2-1 with less than five minutes remaining, Jackson had a deep throw-in that Gourgues headed toward the goal. But it soared just over the net.
Minutes later, Carencro's Jake Hebert scored an unassisted goal to seal the victory.
"I think our age finally caught up with us," Ditchendorf said. "I think you could ask any of our guys and they would tell you that they all had something better they could give."
Fontainebleau surpass all of its season goals - Playing in state championship beyond everyone's expectations Times-Picayune, The (New Orleans, LA) - Thursday, March 2, 2006 Author: Billy Turner Staff writer Above Fontainebleau coach Budd Ditchendorf's computer is a framed quotation: "You can tell how big a person is by what it takes to discourage him."
Fontainebleau's soccer players are officially big. They've taken discouragement and disappointment and laughed at it.
This is no unbeaten or near-unbeaten soccer team playing for the Division I state championship at Louisiana-Lafayette on Saturday at 7 p.m. against Carencro.
When Ditchendorf met with his players and parents for the first time before the 2003-2004 season, he talked about a 25-year plan. "I believe in stability," he told them. He didn't tell them he would produce a state-championship caliber team in three seasons.
Two seasons ago, in Ditchendorf's first season as varsity coach, the four seniors on the current Bulldogs team were on a team that finished sixth in district. With St. Paul's, Mandeville, Northshore and Covington the powers, moving ahead seemed impossible.
But they did it.
All the way to fifth place in district last season.
Two seasons, no playoffs.
Before this season, Ditchendorf gathered his troops that included seniors Garrett Jackson, a forward, Jeremy Oats, a defender, Brett Kloor, a forward, and midfielder Ryan Lester.
He had the team set two-year goals.
They did. Monstrous ones at that. The goals? To finish second in District 5-I and win a playoff game. For next season, the team set the goal as making a run in the playoffs. "A run was maybe making the quarters or even the semifinals," Ditchendorf said.
When the team lost six straight matches in midseason, even those modest goals seemed lost.
Well, throw out the goals.
A dose of belief, renewed life in a keeper, a raised level of play and, voila, Fontainebleau's boys are playing for the state title. That's something Fontainebleau's boys have never done.
It has Ditchendorf scratching his head and smiling a lot.
"These guys had seen their share of losing, but losing has not affected the team at all. They've seen it as another opportunity to see where we need to get better.
"It's not just losing," Ditchendorf said. "We've been down late in games, like in the Captain Shreve one (where the Bulldogs scored with less than 20 seconds remaining to send the match into overtime, where they won in penalty kicks), and it doesn't bother them. You could see Jesuit was bothered. Zero yellow cards to five yellow cards was the result. We just don't get flustered."
Things changed on Dec. 6. That day Fontainebleau beat Mandeville. That showed the players they could indeed meet the first goal they had set. Then the Bulldogs beat St. Paul's in the district's second half after losing 7-3 to the Wolves in the first half. That showed them they could even exceed their modest goals, perhaps, though Ditchendorf said they never mentioned that at all.
Just before the St. Paul's match, goalkeeper Taylor Hovis, a junior, moved from the bench to the starting lineup. Hovis has been a big part of the Fontainebleau surge.
"I had used him off and on in the early part of the season," Ditchendorf said. "Denton Gottung was the starter. Taylor emerged shortly before the second St. Paul's match. I knew it was going to be all about him wanting it. When he wants it, he's one of state's best. He had to prove that to me. That can be more demanding than any game. He needed to get right with me. He has."
Other contributors include Oats, who has had a "dream season for a defender," Ditchendorf said. "(Garrett) Jackson has been just as big.
"Those two guys have orchestrated a whole lot of success."
All this has got the school excited. The girls soccer program, which has a state title in its past and was unbeaten until the playoffs, has had this type of notoriety. The boys haven't.
"I think it gives boys sports more identity here," Ditchendorf said. "To have the girls dominate was a point of motivation for boys soccer . To see other sports moving in a positive direction like football is important. We all begin to feed off each other. No one on this campus wants to be just a one-sport success story."
Maybe they should set some modest goals.
Fontainebleau drops Jesuit - Focused Bulldogs earn historic victory Times-Picayune, The (New Orleans, LA) - Sunday, February 26, 2006 Author: Billy Turner Staff writer Sometimes it comes down to focus.
Jesuit lost its focus, Fontainebleau didn't.
Thus, in a battle of second-chance teams, Fontainebleau defeated Jesuit 2-0 in the Division I state soccer semifinals Saturday at Pan American Stadium.
The Bulldogs (25-8-1), who won their quarterfinal match on penalty kicks, advance to the first boys team state championship game in school history. They will play Carencro at 7 p.m. Saturday at Louisiana-Lafayette. The championship match was moved from Tad Gormley Stadium because of Hurricane Katrina.
Jesuit's unbeaten streak ended at 49 matches. Of course, it had ended earlier this week in a 2-1 loss to Lafayette. But Lafayette had to forfeit the victory because of an LHSAA violation, and Jesuit came into Saturday's match with the Bulldogs 16-0-1 and still defending its 2005 title.
Fontainebleau almost didn't make it to the semifinal match. The Bulldogs trailed Captain Shreve 2-1 with less than 20 seconds remaining Tuesday until it got a goal and unexpected life, then won on penalty kicks. Fontainebleau goalkeeper Taylor Hovis, who blocked shot after Jesuit shot, saw it not as a second chance, but "taking advantage of your first chance."
In any case, the Bulldogs did what they had to do to advance, something Coach Budd Ditchendorf said has become commonplace with this team.
"I'm numb," Ditchendorf said. "I just didn't think this was going to happen. We know we're going to play our best. We don't daydream about the score."
Jesuit, on the other hand, struggled early. "I think it was very difficult for us to get refocused after what we've been through this week," said Jesuit coach Hubie Collins. "Players had gone through the loss and thinking they were done for the season. We were just off our game."
Fontainebleau was aggressive on offense early, when the Bulldogs usually go through a feeling-out period of sorts during matches. It paid off when just five minutes into the match Matt Chugden headed a ball into the left corner for a 1-0 lead.
From there it was defense, taking away every chance the Blue Jays came up with in their spacing game, then turning it over to Hovis for the save much of the time.
Hovis took a kick to the chin in the second half, but he played on despite the injury.
In the second half, Jesuit had five shots on goal that were either missed or saved by Hovis before Fontainebleau -- concerned about defense and the lead -- took a shot. But it was a shot that made the difference.
In the 58th minute, "their goalie didn't see me because they had a taller defensive guy in front," said Fontainebleau senior forward Brett Kloor. "I yelled, 'Brooks (Hickman),' and he got the ball to me. I came away with something that meant a whole lot to me and a whole lot to the team."
From there, Fontainebleau cruised. "I felt we were in control the whole game because as we kept playing, they kept getting more and more mad. And the madder they got, the worse they played," Kloor said.
N.O. teams have down year - Only three teams make state finals Times-Picayune, The (New Orleans, LA) - Thursday, March 2, 2006 Author: Pierce W. Huff Staff writer It was a fitting ending to a year that was that the greatest high school soccer season in New Orleans history.
Last year, the members of the Jesuit soccer team joyfully mugged and pranced around the field at Tad Gormley Stadium with the Division I state championship trophy after its 3-2 overtime victory against Lafayette to complete an unbeaten season. The game was the last state championship match of the season, as New Orleans hosted five of the six state championship matches. Nine local teams played in the boys and girls finals of the three divisions with five teams winning state championships, including Newman, which won the Division III boys and girls titles.
But what a difference a year makes.
This year, New Orleans is no longer the center of the powers in state soccer , and there are plenty of reasons why, ranging from Hurricane Katrina to the lack of a soccer seeding system to dumb luck, area coaches said.
The only local teams playing for state championships this weekend are the Fontainebleau boys (Division I) on Saturday in Lafayette and the Newman and Sacred Heart girls teams, which play for the Division III championship Friday in Lafayette.
New Orleans has the fewest number of teams playing in the finals since 2002 when the Louisiana High School Athletic Association went to three divisions in boys and girls soccer . This is first year since 2003 that the area doesn't have at least one team in every state championship match. It is the first year since 2001 that state power Jesuit isn't in the state championship match and the first year since 1998 a Catholic League team isn't playing for the boys Division I title.
There is no doubt Katrina had an impact on local teams. The hurricane shut down some public and private schools for months. Some of those schools weren't able to reopen until late December.
Defending Division I state champion Jesuit (16-1-1), which lost in the Division I semifinals, didn't play its first game until Dec. 26 and finished the season with 14 fewer games than last year when it was 30-0-2.
"We started two months behind, and I'm certain that played a part in it," Jesuit coach Hubie Collins said.
Defending Division I girls state champion Mount Carmel, which lost to Barbe in the Division I regionals, started in January because of Katrina and only played 11 games this season.
Newman's boys and girls soccer teams, the defending state champions in Division III, didn't start practicing until late December and didn't have their first game until January, a month that is usually the midway point in the season. The Greenies girls soccer team (7-4) has played in 11 games this season.
"From the start of January, the clock was always ticking," Newman girls soccer coach Patrick Summerour said. "We didn't have the time to work on things like we would in a normal season."
Summerour said all of the local schools lost people who didn't come back because of Katrina, but he also said, "I think it's unfair to say that New Orleans teams didn't get (to the finals) because of Katrina."
"There were a lot of other things."
Some coaches pointed to the lack of a seeding system for the state soccer playoffs as another reason why local teams failed to reach the finals.
"Because there is no seeding for soccer , you have the better teams drawing each other in the early rounds," Collins said.
Mount Carmel lost to Barbe, which is ranked fifth in Region II in the National Soccer Coaches of America Association/adidas rankings, 3-1 in the Division I regionals. Jesuit won by forfeit against Lafayette, ranked third in the regional poll, in the Division I quarterfinals.
Then there were five local teams that lost one-goal matches in the semifinals, including four boys teams (Brother Martin, Ben Franklin, Newman and St. Martin's). Brother Martin lost to Carencro 2-1 in double overtime in Division I. Ben Franklin lost to East Ascension 1-0 in Division II. In Division III, Newman lost to top-ranked St. Louis 1-0 and St. Martin's lost to Teurlings Catholic 2-1.
Mandeville coach Sean Esker, whose team lost to Barbe 1-0 in the semifinals, said, "maybe this was the year for the teams in our area that the ball just didn't bounce our way. In my experience from both the winning side and falling short, you have to be lucky and good at the same time to win the championship."
Post by Scott Crawford on Apr 2, 2013 9:03:02 GMT -6
1996-1997 LHSAA Boys Championship
Division I March 1, 1997 Pan American Stadium Acadiana 3 Jesuit 1
JOYOUS RAMS CELEBRATE THEIR FIRST STATE CROWN Times-Picayune, The (New Orleans, LA) - Sunday, March 2, 1997 Author: JIM RAPIER Staff writer Their was no mistaking the winning team at the conclusion of the boys Division I soccer championship Saturday.
The team from of Acadiana High School, which defeated Jesuit, 3-1, exhibited many forms of jubilation after winning the title.
First, the players piled on top of one another to form a mountain of joyful humanity. Then, Coach Glenn Laviolette was given a victory dousing from the team's cooler.
"I feel like I am on top of the world," Kris Foreman said.
"It gives me goose bumps," Josh Vidrine said.
The celebration included players walking around with pieces of the goal's net around their heads. The finals also brought out the color - at least two Rams played with their hair colored gold.
There also were indications that it was going to be a fun bus ride back to Lafayette, because this was a special title.
A list of firsts came associated with the Rams' title match. It was the first time the soccer team had been in the final, and it was the first time Acadiana has won a state championship in any sport in the school's 27-year existence. It was the first year Laviolette was the head coach of the soccer team, after serving as an assistant for five years.
"I have been with this program for six years," Laviolette said. "The first day of practice this (winning state title) is what we talked about."
Laviolette also talked about the fans, some of whom followed the Rams to New Orleans in three buses.
"We've had wonderful fan support the whole year," he said.
Before the team departed for Lafayette, it stood in a large circle on the field, hands held, and said a prayer. On the outside of that circle were its fans, forming their own hand-held circle around the team.
While leaving the stadium, an Acadiana fan observed the players crowned by twine.
"That's what you do when you win the championship; you cut the net down," the fan said. "We've never cut the net down before."
ACADIANA TOPS JESUIT FOR DIVISION I TITLE Times-Picayune, The (New Orleans, LA) - Sunday, March 2, 1997 Author: JIM RAPIER Staff writer There usually is no better way to change the momentum of a close soccer match than to score a goal.
Two goals inside a five-minute span can do more than swing momentum; sometimes it can win state championships. And, in Acadiana High School's case, end 27 years of waiting.
Kris Foreman headed a goal and Josh Vidrine scored a few minutes later on a corner kick to break a 1-1 tie in the second half of the Division I boys final. Those goals boosted Acadiana to a 3-1 victory against Jesuit at Pan American Stadium on Saturday.
The match was Acadiana's first in the finals. For Jesuit, it was the fourth consecutive year in the final match. Three times the Blue Jays (22-4) have been runners-up. Jesuit won the title in 1995.
The Rams (30-2-1) had to stop every Jesuit offensive drive the remainder of the match before they could begin their celebration. But Jesuit could not overcome Foreman's and Vidrine's second-half goals, and Acadiana's party began.
"This is the first state championship at Acadiana in any sport in the 27-year history of the school," Coach Glenn Laviolette said. "I feel elated. It has been a long time coming for this school. We made a commitment to build a program that is competitive, and we have."
Acadiana's Jake Overfelt scored the match's first goal. Jesuit's David Geerken tied the score on a penalty kick late in the first half. With three shots on goal to start the second half, the Blue Jays seemed to carry some momentum from the first half.
Then Foreman and Vidrine changed the complexion of the match.
"I think after those two goals, especially the second one, we knew we would bring home the victory," Foreman said.
Foreman scored off a direct kick. Vidrine kicked the ball from the right side over a wall of Jesuit defenders. As the ball entered the right side of the penalty box, Acadiana's Brad Boudreaux headed the ball across the box and Foreman, moving left to right in front of the goal, headed the ball past goalie Andrew Maestri.
"I was coming from the far post," Foreman said. "I kind of just slid through there and got my head on the ball. When it went in, I was on cloud nine."
Minutes later, Vidrine scored. His corner kick from the left side went past a jumping player at the edge of the penalty box and curved past Maestri into the back right corner of the goal.
"When I was running over to take it (kick), I told Lane (Lombas) I was going for it," Vidrine said. "The wind helped. It helped put the swerve on the ball. I wanted to go for it mostly because of the wind. Earlier in the game, I took a direct kick and saw what the wind could do to the ball."
Jesuit controlled the pace for most of the first half. The Blue Jays spent a lot of time in the Rams' zone and had numerous opportunities to score, including three shots from inside the penalty box on one possession.
"We pretty much controlled things, but we couldn't get the ball in the net in the first half," Jesuit coach Garry Ortner said. "We felt OK when we were one goal down, but it takes a lot to come from two down." JESUIT OUT TO RETAKE BOYS CHAMPIONSHIP Times-Picayune, The (New Orleans, LA) - Saturday, March 1, 1997 Author: JIM RAPIER Staff writer Excuse Jesuit's soccer team if it walks onto the field of the 1997 Division I state championship with an air of familiarity.
This will be the fourth consecutive year Jesuit has played in the title match.
The Blue Jays (22-3) last won the championship in 1995 and lost it last year to Mandeville. Their quest to recapture that title continues today at 1 p.m., against Acadiana (29-2-1) at Pan American Stadium.
"You don't work all year to come in second," said Jesuit coach Garry Ortner. "If it is our time, and we play well, we will be there. But we have to take care of business."
Standing in the way of Jesuit is Acadiana, which enters the match ranked No. 1 in the last state coaches poll. Josh Vidrine leads the Rams with 28 goals scored. Acadiana has given up two goals in the playoffs, and goalie Casey Touchette has shut out 19 opponents in 32 matches.
Jesuit (ranked No. 3) is identical to the Rams in two aspects: Becker Hall leads the Blue Jays with 28 goals scored, and the team also has surrendered two goals in the playoffs.
There are two intangibles facing Acadiana - it is the first time the Rams have played in the final, and the match is on Jesuit's field.
"To be real honest, I don't think it (away from home in finals) is affecting them," said Acadiana coach Glenn Laviolette. "The boys have a quiet confidence about themselves. We will not go there in awe of them, but we will go in very respectful of them."
Ortner said he feels the teams differ in strategy. He said Jesuit likes to possess the ball, and Acadiana will "knock the ball long and run under it."
"To win (state), we have to put the ball on the ground," said Jesuit fullback Chad Evans. "We can't be forced to play kick ball. We showed against Barbe what happens when we play another style."
Barbe led Jesuit 2-0 after one half in the semifinals. Ortner said his team had strung together maybe two passes at most in the first half. Utilizing a more controlled passing attack in the second half, the Blue Jays rallied to win, 3-2.
"We have to go in with confidence and take it to them (Acadiana) from the get-go," Ortner said. "We have to be aggressive. We can't let them get settled into their game. That is key. We can't revert to their style of play."
Post by Scott Crawford on Apr 2, 2013 9:35:57 GMT -6
1996-1997 LHSAA State Championship
Division III February 22, 1997 St. Martin's St. Louis 4 St. Martin's 0
COACH CLIPPED AFTER VICTORY Times-Picayune, The (New Orleans, LA) - Sunday, February 23, 1997 Author: JIM RAPIER Staff writer He was able to wear a hat to cover the hair, and he did not appear to be somebody used to puffing a cigar.
But St. Louis coach Jason Oertling was more than happy to pay his debts following the Division III boys soccer championship Saturday.
His unfinished haircut and the lit cigar were a result of the Saints' 4-0 victory against St. Martin's for the Division III title.
Apparently, Oertling had said he would adhere to some terms if his team was able to bring the championship trophy home. When the match ended, the fun began. Oertling's head only partially resembled his players, who had their heads completely shaved.
"The kids got together, and we focused on a mission after the first playoff game against Menard," Oertling said. "We said the only way we will win this thing is being together, so they shaved their heads for unity. If we won the state championship, I agreed to get my head shaved."
First the hair and then the cigar.
"Yeah, I said that I would light up the victory cigar if we won," Oertling said. "I made some agreements getting here."
The shave began began immediately following the match. But there was one small problem that left the coach's haircut half complete.
"The battery for the clippers ran out," Oertling said. "I think the kids used it up because they wanted to make sure they were shaved for today."
Even some of the students who drove to New Orleans for the the match displayed shaved heads. And some went so far as to take their shirts off and paint their bodies in the team colors of orange and blue.
"That's the first time I've ever seen soccer supported like that," said St. Louis midfielder Ryan Brimmage. "We did this (haircuts) for team unity. I like it. The haircut is free, and there is no gel and no combing when you wake up."
"They gave us a real treat," St. Louis' Ben Williams said of the fans. ST. MARTIN'S DEFEATED IN DIVISION III FINAL Times-Picayune, The (New Orleans, LA) - Sunday, February 23, 1997 Author: JIM RAPIER Staff writer In a sport in which the players are not supposed to use their hands unless they play goalie, fullback Nik Fusilier practically handed St. Louis the Division III soccer title.
St. Louis scored three of its goals off throw-ins by Fusilier to defeat St. Martin's, 4-0, on Saturday at Tony Porter Field.
The match featured two teams nicknamed the Saints, each playing in its first state championship.
"I feel so excited," Fusilier said. "The opportunities were created for me by our offense. I was just able to step up and do it."
From the outset, St. Louis (21-7-3) seemed to have an advantage because of its team speed. Utilizing that speed and some crisp passing, St. Louis had St. Martin's defense reeling and resorting to kicking the ball out of bounds to slow St. Louis' attack. The result was numerous throw-ins by Fusilier.
St. Louis' first goal was scored when Rusty Anderson kicked in a loose ball in front of the St. Martin's goal after Fusilier had perfectly placed his throw from the right sideline into the crease.
St. Louis' second goal came via another Fusilier throw-in. This time, he threw the ball from 20 yards off the left sideline into the box. The ball was not handled cleanly by St. Martin's (12-8-3), and Jean-Paul Zahm made a sliding shot from the right side of the goal. The first half ended with the score 2-0.
"When I throw, they (throws) are usually in front of the net," Fusilier said. "All they have to do is finish it. It helped the team out today. We have worked on it all season."
Fusilier made it 3-0 in the second half when St. Martin's goalie David Sharple mishandled a throw-in. Fusilier tossed the ball from the right sideline to a few yards from the corner. Sharple touched the ball as he leaped but could not complete the catch, and the ball went into the net.
"He always gives us a real good throw," St. Louis' Ben Williams said of Fusilier.
"We hadn't been able to put the ball in the goal on throw-ins in the past, but we did today," teammate Chris Haftmann said.
"I think definitely our physicalness and aggressiveness in getting to the ball was the difference today," St. Louis coach Jason Oertling said. "We spread the ball out. We felt that the best way to get to their goal was to go outside."
St. Louis' aggressive play also countered St. Martin's offensive efforts. St. Martin's was unable to generate much push to the St. Louis goal because defenders were beating St. Martin's players to the ball. St. Martin's had seven shots on goal, two in the second half.
"Basically, we ran them to death and controlled the midfield," Haftmann said.
"It was our game plan to run them to death," Williams said.
"We were not able to possess the ball well, and they (St. Louis) were well prepared," St. Martin's coach Julio Piaz said. "They were fast. You can't win them all. I am so proud of the St. Martin's soccer program. No one gave us a chance. We will be able to go to the gym and see a banner now."
The only goal that did not come off a throw-in was by Darren Trahan in the final minutes of the match. He scored from about 20 yards.
"It feels great," Oertling said. "Words can't express how I feel. I feel great as a coach because they have worked so hard all season, and I am glad to be a part of it."
Post by Scott Crawford on Apr 2, 2013 9:44:32 GMT -6
1996-1997 LHSAA Championship
Division II February 22, 1997 Rebel Field, R.E. Lee St. Paul's 2 Baton Rouge 0
COMPETITION SPARKS BEST IN II FINALISTS Times-Picayune, The (New Orleans, LA) - Sunday, February 23, 1997 Author: TAMMY LEIGH COOK Staff Writer Though one team had hair and the other went bald, few soccer teams have mirrored each other so well this season. Fewer teams play such talent.
The bald team - St. Paul's - won the Division II championship over Baton Rouge, but not easily.
The greatest confrontation took place when Kevin, Stephen, Seth, Steve, Travis and Chris went toe to toe.
St. Paul's coach Trevor Watkins said none of those players are accustomed to playing in a game with a scoreless half, but when two of the state's top teams meet, a 0-0 half is not so hard to explain.
"You shut down their creativity," Watkins said. "They did it to us, and we did it to them. It wasn't a very pretty game."
Instead of strikers Stephen Pate of St. Paul's and Kevin Housh of Baton Rouge dazzling the crowd with goals, the two had trouble seeing the net over defenders or spotting a target before the ball was cleared from their cleats.
Neither is used to not scoring. Both usually log at least a pair of goals.
"They have a good forward, and we have a good forward," Bulldogs goalkeeper Travis Hinson said. "I think our athletes match up well."
The game seemed to come down to the supporting cast. Nick Chetta headed in the Wolves' breakthrough goal in the second half. On the other end, Housh had to hand off the ball to Andrew Godley instead of taking his trademark shot from the right wing.
"Both teams are evenly matched," Bulldogs coach John Knighten said. "I think these two teams separated themselves from the rest of the pack early on. I think St. Paul's is probably the No. 1 team in the state in all divisions, and we're somewhere in there close behind."
Bulldogs defender Seth Mixson, who is 6-foot-3, tangled up the Wolves' smallest striker, Paul Watson, all day, preventing him from scoring.
On the other end, Steve Tujague did his share of knocking out Housh shots.
"(Housh) is an excellent player," Tujague said. "He's got speed and finds holes in defenses."
Both goalkeepers pounced on goal-bound balls the defenders missed. Hinson and St. Paul's Chris McDonald deflected shots up, wide and down.
But Pate said he would rather take a 2-0 victory against Baton Rouge in the final than a blowout against a less-talented team.
"It's a lot better than a 6-0 game," he said.
WOLVES' DAY TO HOWL - HEADER KEYS ST. PAUL'S TO STATE CHAMPIONSHIP Times-Picayune, The (New Orleans, LA) - Sunday, February 23, 1997 Author: TAMMY LEIGH COOK Staff Writer BATON ROUGE
This time, the St. Paul's players walked off the field hoping the day would not end.
After years of coming close but not making it to a state soccer final, timing united with talent for the Wolves on Saturday.
St. Paul's beat nemesis Baton Rouge, 2-0, to win the Division II title at Lee High.
"Since eighth grade, my class has always talked about winning the state championship," senior defender Steve Tujague said. "There is no better feeling than going out like this."
The victory was more meaningful for the upperclassmen considering that last year the Bulldogs knocked the Wolves, ranked No. 1, out of the playoffs.
"This is very personal for all of us who returned from last year," Tujague said. "We were picked to win last year and got beat. I guess that's why this feels so great."
With a backward flick of the head, Nick Chetta gave the Wolves (24-3-2) a 1-0 lead 20 minutes into the second half, knocking ball past Baton Rouge goalkeeper Travis Hinson.
"I couldn't believe it went in - I always miss that," Chetta said.
Hinson said the Bulldogs (18-8-2) had discussed the threat of a head-in at the half, but he said he did not see the ball before it hit the net.
"It was a lucky shot; it took a lucky bounce," Hinson said.
"It was luck," Chetta said. "Luck or not, it's a goal."
"Once a team scores on you and you're down, the team forces you to play another way," Baton Rouge coach John Knighten said.
The Bulldogs had to spread out, trying to force the ball up to their primary scorer, Kevin Housh.
Housh and St. Paul's Stephen Pate traded shots in the first half, but neither striker scored. After Chetta's goal, Chetta said Housh had to move back and play more defensively.
"Kevin just didn't get the looks," Knighten said.
While Housh had to launch shots farther from the goal, Pate got closer.
Pate broke from a defender in the 34th minute to score the Wolves' second goal. He faked right but then turned on the ball and the defender, sending the ball into the left corner of the goal.
That move hadn't worked in the first half. In the 35th minute, Pate went right and broke left again, but his shot went wide of the goal.
Knighten said the Wolves' depth at midfield helped turn the tide in St. Paul's favor in the second half.
"We were sitting in and waiting for them to make mistakes," Knighten said. "They had a strong midfield and outmatched us with numbers."
St. Paul's coach Trevor Watkins said he sensed the Bulldogs' decreased aggression.
"I was expecting them to come out real fired up, because they hadn't let us score in the first half," Watkins said. "I think they were playing to just stay with us."
The Wolves went for the kill. Paul Watson's had four shots on goal, three after Chetta's goal.
Baton Rouge defender Seth Mixson said the Bulldogs started to have trouble fending off the St. Paul's strikers toward the end of the second half.
"They kept running around so much, it was hard to keep up," Mixson said.