Parish soccer teams fall in playoffs' second round

Kyle Riviere @kyleR_sports
St. Amant goalkeeper Devin LeBlanc had a busy night as the Bears constantly attacked the net in their 3-1 win. Photo by Dewey Keller.

Four soccer teams from the parish were able to win their opening-round games and earn a trip to regionals, but none of those squads could keep their seasons alive last week.

On the girls' side, No. 14 East Ascension and No. 16 Dutchtown fell to two of the top teams in the state.

The Lady Spartans earned a berth in the regionals after a 2-1 win over No. 19 Sulphur, but they fell short on their upset attempt of No. 3 Fontainebleau as they were edged out 1-0 in the second round.

Goalkeeper Lynda Boylan played very well--only giving up the one goal and making nine saves, but the Lady Spartans just couldn't mount any offense.

Dutchtown suffered the same fate. They beat No. 17 Barbe 2-1 in the opening round, but it was quite a different story when they traveled to face top seed St. Scholastica. The Lady Griffins fell hard in a shutout 3-0.

As for the boys, No. 13 East Ascension got out of the gates with an impressive showing as they blanked No. 20 West Monroe 4-0 in the first round. The win earned them a trip to the regionals to face fourth-seeded Acadiana. It was there that the Spartans' season came to an end courtesy of a 4-1 loss.

The St. Amant boys were the last of the teams to get eliminated from playoff contention.

The No. 11 Gators opened the postseason with a 4-2 win over No. 22 Grace King. It put them into the next round for a matchup against their sixth-seeded district rival Catholic.

The Bears dominated from the start. They got a goal from Chris Bordelon midway through the first half to take the lead. And not long afterward, the advantaged was stretched to 2-0 after a Trey Poche score.

Catholic didn't let up in the second half. They kept attacking St. Amant goalkeeper Devin LeBlanc. Ryan Keaton got into the act late as he put in a goal that extended the Bear lead to 3-0.

The Gators eventually got a score from Colby Guitrau on a late penalty kick, but the damage was already done. Catholic cruised to the easy 3-1 win. And like their parish counterparts, St. Amant's season came to a disappointing end.