JESUIT, ST. PAUL'S, BROTHER MARTIN, FRANKLIN, NORTHLAKE ADVANCE TO SEMIS
Five New Orleans area teams moved one step away from playing for state championships in New Orleans on Tuesday.
On Valentine's Day, several teams proved they had the hearts to get the job done with outstanding efforts.
In Division I, top-seeded Jesuit jumped out to an early lead and went on to defeat eighth-seeded New Iberia 2-0 at Pan American Stadium.
Charles Mansour scored on a header just 10 minutes in before Evan Kramaer scored early in the second half to give the Blue Jays a comfortable margin which they would not relinquish.
With the win, the Blue Jays moved to 25-1-4 on the season and advanced to the semifinals to face fourth-seed St. Thomas More, a 3-1 winner over fifth-seed and district rival Lafayette.
Clay Calkins scored in the sixth minute for the Cougars who beat the Lions for the second time this year. STM won 4-0 over Lafayette during the regular season.
Chris Cook scored on a penalty kick early in the second half after a foul in the box before Eric Montesano scored on a header eight minutes later to put the game away.
Vincent Sibomana put home a goal for Lafayette to avert a shutout.
At Geismar, third-seed Brother Martin went overtime, rallying to down 11th-seed Dutchtown 2-1.
The Crusaders trailed 1-0 with only eight minutes remaining when Brandon Broders scored the equalizer on a penalty kick after C.J. Shaffer was fouled in the box.
In overtime, Broders put home the game-winner on a header to send the Crusaders to the semifinals.
In a hotly contested game, the teams were scoreless at halftime before Colby Soileau scored in the 62nd minute for the Griffins.
It was the second straight comeback win for the Crusaders, who rallied to oust Fontainebleau in the regional round.
Dutchtown ended its season 11-9-6. Now 24-3, Brother Martin advances to face St. Paul's at Covington in the semifinals.
The defending state champion Wolves downed seventh-seed Acadiana 2-1 at Hunter Stadium in Covington.
Marc Robertson put home the first goal for the Wolves before the Wreckin' Rams tied it on a penalty kick.
Turnabout was fair play as St. Paul's Seth Hagan was fouled in the box and Doug Durand put the penalty kick in the net for the game winner in the 60th minute for the Wolves.
St. Paul's had beaten Acadiana 1-0 during the regular season. The Wolves and Crusaders split a pair of regular season battles.
St. Paul's beat Brother Martin 2-0 at the Brothers of the Sacred Heart Tournament on November 19 before the Crusaders gained revenge, beating the host Wolves 1-0 in the St. Paul's Invitational on December 28.
In Division II, top-seed and defending state champion St. Louis Catholic went to Houma and edged ninth-seed Vandebilt Catholic 2-1 in a rematch of last year's state championship game.
After a scoreless first half, the Saints and Terriers exchanged goals before Alex Kjellsten scored the winning goal in the 77th minute, putting home a corner kick to give the Saints a hard earned victory.
St. Louis Catholic improved to 27-1-4 with the win. The Saints advance to the semifinals to host fourth-seed Alexandria, a 4-3 winner on penalty kicks over fifth-seed Teurlings Catholic at Alexandria after the two sides had played to a 3-3 tie in regulation and in a pair of overtimes and golden goal periods.
Chad Brumley rallied the Trojans, scoring on a penalty kick in the 78th minute to send the game to overtime after it appeared Teurlings would win.
Bailey Laborde put home the game-winning penalty kick to give Alexandria the win.
It was the second straight year that Alexandria ousted Teurlings Catholic from the playoffs.
Third-seed E.D. White defeated sixth-seed Beau Chene 3-1 at Thibodaux.
Derek Knight scored twice in the first half while Chris Melancon added a goal on a header in the second half to pace the Cardinals, now 26-1-1 on the season.
The Cardinals advance to the semifinals to second-seed Ben Franklin.
The second-seeded Falcons blanked 10th-seed East Jefferson 3-0 at Joe Yenni Stadium.
Josh Hellstrom scored in the first half to give Ben Franklin a 1-0 halftime lead before Billy Muneoka scored in the 63rd minute to make it 2-0. Thalmon Smith capped off the win with a late goal for the Falcons, who improved to 19-3-1 on the year.
The Warriors ended a fine season 18-6. Ben Franklin lost in the Division III title match to Northlake Christian a year ago.
In Division III, the defending champion and second-seeded Wolverines kept their hopes for a repeat title alive with a tough 2-1 victory over 10th-seed St. Martin's in overtime at Tony Porter Field in Metairie.
Sophomore Weston Acosta broke a 1-1 tie in overtime on a free kick to provide the margin of victory.
St. Martin's had taken an early lead, scoring on a goal by Stephen Young on a rebound in the first 10 minutes of the match. That lead would stand until the 68th minute when Devin Milazzo got the equalizer to send the game into overtime, setting the stage for Acosta's heroics.
Jonathan Waters was superb in goal for the Saints, saving 16 shots to give them a real chance before falling short.
Now 19-4-3, Northlake Christian advances to the semifinals to host sixth seeded University Lab, a winner over third-seed Catholic of New Iberia on penalty kicks in a game played at Jeff Boss Field in Baton Rouge.
The Cubs won 4-2 on penalty kicks after the two sides had played to a scoreless tie in regulation, two overtimes and a pair of golden goal periods.
It was the fifth match of the year that U-Lab has won on penalty kicks. Hunter Smithburg (U-Lab) and Dustin Romero (CHSNI) each had 10 saves in goal.
University Lab moved to 20-7-3 with the win while Catholic finished a very good season 25-4-1.
Also in Division III, top-seeded Country Day and fifth-seeded St. Thomas Aquinas had already advanced with wins on Monday and they will meet at noon on Saturday in Hammond in the semifinals.
BOYS SOCCER PLAYOFF RESULTS FOR TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 14
#1 JESUIT 2 #8 NEW IBERIA 0
#4 ST. THOMAS MORE 3 #5 LAFAYETTE 1
#3 BROTHER MARTIN 2 #11 DUTCHTOWN 1 (OT)
#2 ST. PAUL'S 2 #7 ACADIANA 1
#1 ST. LOUIS CATHOLIC 2 #9 VANDEBILT CATHOLIC 1
#4 ALEXANDRIA 3 #5 TEURLINGS CATHOLIC 3 (ASH wins 4-3 on P.K.'s)
#3 E.D. WHITE 3 #6 BEAU CHENE 1
#2 BEN FRANKLIN 3 #10 EAST JEFFERSON 0
#2 NORTHLAKE CHRISTIAN 2 #10 ST. MARTIN'S 1 (OT)
#6 UNIVERSITY LAB 0 #6 CATHOLIC (N.I.) 0 (U-Lab wins 4-2 on P.K's)