St. Amant soccer heads into the playoffs with momentum

Kyle Riviere
kriviere@weeklycitizen.com
St. Amant's Anthony Naya had the winning goal in the Gators' 3-2 comeback win over Dutchtown. Photo by DKMoon Photography.

The soccer playoffs are on the horizon, and the St. Amant Gators are right where they want to be.

They ended the season winning three of their final four matches. Prior to getting upset in their finale against McKinley, they hadn't lost since they were dealt a tough 1-0 decision by district champ Catholic back on Jan. 14.

St. Amant started the tear with a thrilling 3-2 victory over Baton Rouge High and last Wednesday, they kept up the high scoring. This time, they blanked district rival McKinley, 3-0.

The Gator offense was active all night. In addition to the three shots that made their way home, St. Amant forced the Panthers to make 12 saves.

Sophomore Briggs Bourgeois--last year's district MVP--continued his impressive play. It wasn't that long ago that he scored an astounding four goals in one game.

On Wednesday night, he was able to earn himself a goal against the Panthers. Teammates Seth Benoit and Trent Cutrer also scored to give the Gators the impressive 3-0 shutout victory.

However, as impressive as that win was for St. Amant, it pales in comparison to what they pulled off last Friday night.

The Gators met district and parish rival Dutchtown on the road.

St. Amant got off to a horrid start. It appeared they were well on their way to a blowout loss as they fell down 2-0 with still 23 minutes left in the first half.

The commanding Griffin lead lasted all the way until the 27-minute mark of the second half. With time running low on the Gators, their MVP came through again.

Bourgeois knocked in a goal to cut the deficit in half.

Then, with just 10 minutes remaining in the match, Steven Saucier came through with another St. Amant goal to knot things up at 2.

The miraculous scoring barrage continued for the Gators as Anthony Naya got one past the goalkeeper with just five minutes remaining in the match. That shot proved to be the winning goal.

The amazing Gator comeback gave St. Amant their third straight victory. Though they lost their finale against McKinley on Monday night, the Gators will head into the postseason playing some of their best soccer of the season.

The Gators were able to finish the regular season with an overall record of 14-6-3 with a district mark of 7-4-1. That earned them a No. 16 seed for the postseason.

In their first-round playoff matchup this weekend, they'll host No. 17 Baton Rouge High--a district foe.

They split games with the Bulldogs during the regular season. They lost the first matchup, 4-0, and they won the second game, 3-2.