Post by thibodaux_coach on Feb 23, 2013 16:11:05 GMT -6
St Louis was just too much for BC to handle.. Great season to both teams! And really proud that BC players never gave up and played the game the right way thats great coaching. Congrats STL on being state champs again!
Post by Scott Crawford on Feb 23, 2013 17:33:39 GMT -6
Photos from the 2013 Division II State Championship between Beau Chene and St. Louis have been posted on the LAprepSoccer Facebook page. Please be sure to like the page. If you use the photos, you must cite them as such: "Photo is provided by LAprepSoccer.net"
IMO the substitutes made the difference in this game. The constant rotation from St.Louis with no drop in their quality of play just ran down BC's maybe 13 players that got on the field. Overall it was a better game in the second half with possession and chances being more even for both teams. First half was almost all St. Louis with tremendous goalkeeping from Jeremy Meche(Definite all-state and laprep XI).
Congrats to St. Louis for continuing their dominance and winning yet again and making history.
Congrats to Beau Chene on your first(and certainly not last) trip to the finals. With only three seniors graduating, look for them to continue to go deep into the playoffs for a few years.
No matter what happends, always play hard, but with class.
Post by beauchenecoach on Feb 25, 2013 17:41:29 GMT -6
After a couple of days of mourning...
We were out played badly. Partly for critical injuries, a suspension causing our midfield general to move to the back to replace the suspended defender, and just overall the deer in headlights and inexperience in title games just killed us in the first half. And when you play a program that is at the game seemingly every year (and expects to be there), you are already at a huge disadvantage in the experience and nerves area. So to have Brock Hollier (the D2 MVP this season in my biased opinion) on basically one leg due a torn MCL and possible meniscus damage only 7 days after the injury... It was a huge blow to our attack. Throw in Hunter Dalfrey's suspension due to the controversial red card in the Semifinals, and now we have to move our midfield general Reese Smith to the back to support our injured defensive MVP Seth Dohmann. Seth was battling a very bad deep patella bruise and a sports hernia that needs surgery. Both injured players played their hearts out, but were shells of themselves (although both were approached by college coaches after the game) and way off their usual game. Our midfield never adjusted, were beaten to every 50/50 ball all first half and that kept our defense constantly under pressure. I prayed to get in the locker room only down 1 but that last minute goal before half was probably the stake In the heart.
We had more aggressive play and battled harder for 50/50 balls in second half... But we just never got going in the midfield. Period. We did go to a 3 back and put Reese back in the holder spot of a 5 man midfield and it seemed to be our best sustained attacks all day, but still just too much. Don't get me wrong, I'm not saying the injuries and suspension are why we lost... St Louis had a huge part in shutting us down and causing us to play poorly... But I do believe we would have had a much better game (like in December) and would have shown why we belonged there and near the top all season had we been full strength. But to go against a juggernaught that just lives off of title games and expects to win them, I do think we were a bit in awe of the spectacle. Add in that we were rushed with only 30 minutes of pregame warm ups instead of the planned hour and some stuff just got left out in our prep work. Coach Oertling and his young men did a fantastic job of jumping on us quickly and relentlessly and got that early goal before we knew what hit us. They were definitely worthy of being champions for a historic 4th time.
I do want to say that I am proud of our boys this season. I think we may have done this a year earlier than expected. Someone mentioned Sr GK Jeremy Meche as definite All State and LaPrep XI and I couldn't agree more. He kept us from being down a lot worse than 2-0 at half. And there wasnt any other keeper that would have saved those goals from going in. it was all mistakes that were caused by St Louis that gave them two very point blank shots that no one would have stopped. He has been through a lot this season and is a top student and a great leader. He is the type of kid that will be a huge success at whatever he chooses to do in life.
Some on other threads mentioned junior forward Brock Hollier as D2 MVP and I couldn't agree more. He gave everything he had even though he was only around 70%. He was missing that burst that makes him so dangerous. But he did whatever he had to do along with his doctor and physical therapist to get on that pitch. He will probably be out for around 3-4 weeks now before joining his club team. For the second straight season he led D2 in scoring. He was man marked and even double marked or shadowed all season and yet he still accomplished the scoring title and leading this team to its first finals appearance. He is a work horse. Everyone always states that in order to get an MVP, ou should get to the finals or win it. Well he got to the finals... He carried our attack most of the way against a great schedule. He scored some big time goals against big time teams in big time games. Period.
Junior defender Seth Dohmann played his tail off despite his injuries. He was the kid who played against Holy Cross knowing his father would die any minute. His father did make it till he got home after game. He is the tall, extremly fast defender that we have. He is smart and rarely misses a tackle. His throw ins are legendary. He battled through injuries and heart break of losing a father to cancer. He is a young man with Man being a key word. An emotional leader for us and definite All Stater.
Junior midfielder Reese Smith plays with heart and intelligence. We missed him In that midfield badly on Saturday. Looking back, I should have tactically did something differently to keep Reese more involved with the attack, buts its easy to look back say what if now. He is our field general in the midfield. Best passer, tactically knows when and ow to switch field and point of attack better than anyone on our squad and most of all... He is a shut down defender. That is what we missed more than anything. HIs ability to hold the midfield and win possession all while protecting the back line from constant pressure. That was definitely missing Saturday. I think that also makes Reese a sure candidate for All State this year. Not a stats man, but every coach can see it is his work that makes our midfield go.
We will miss our varsity seniors Jeremy Meche, Cole Olivier, Tye Lanclos, & Hunter Dalfrey! You may be replaced next year, but will never be forgotten! Will always be the first class to make the state title game. Hopefully we can get back and win it next year! But it was our senior year that we took that next step...
Even if we had all of that working for us with no injuries nor suspension... We would have still be in trouble. St. Louis was destined to be the four time back to back to back to back champs of Division II. They had little to no nerves and seemed to be way more relaxed with the surroundings ans spectacle. they were ready and their depth is a very valuable weapon in Division II. Now they can go and dominate Division III for the next two and I don't think anyone in DII is going to miss them! Lol! So as wide open as it was this year for DII, it still ended the same way as the previous three seasons... With a St Louis title win! Now in 2013-2014, there will finally be a new champ for the first time in four years. The last team to win the title before St Louis run of 4 straight in Div II? Teurlings... Who had a run of 2 straight after they jumped up to Division II from III.
Lastly, I want to thank our administration, fans, former players, community, and especially our soccer poster club parents! If you go to Copa, you see them every year! They are why Copa Acadiana is the one of the best overall high school tournaments around. They are the reason this program survives with nothing budgeted to the sport from the school board. They work their tails off every year to keep this a top program in the state! Without their support, we couldn't have even come this close. I felt just as disappointed for them as I was for our players! They deserve a title and hopefully one day soon we can give it to them! To even see our principal in tears after the game to show how proud he was of our young men was a sight! He is a great man and has supported us! He lets us have what we need from his end in order to be successful. And to hear his post game speech to our young men was very touching! Our school doesn't have a lot of athletic success of this level, especially in boys team sports... It came together and gave us hope that we can actually win one as a true public school. I will strive even harder next year to make this become a reality for our students, community, principal, parents and players! I know a couple of my juniors already told me that they can't wait till summer training to get started on taking the next step in 2013-2014. That's the attitude I love about my young men!
Congrats to St Louis players, coaches, and supporters... Your run has truly been amazing! I don't see it ending anytime soon! I know how hard it is just to get there now, much less win it four times in a row or ten times total! Just know how fortunate it is to be part of such a run! Keep enjoying it! Good luck to you in Division III!