The boys varsity soccer team grabbed their first playoff win since 2016 last night with a 2-0 home shutout of Holy Savior Menard. The 7th seeded Lions, led by Coach Ben Barcelona, will now move to the quarterfinals, traveling to Baton Rouge to face 2nd ranked University Lab High School.
From the Nola.com recap of the game:
Holy Savior Menard (9-11-1) came up with dangerous corner after dangerous corner early in the match, but Lusher sophomore keeper Jonathan Gillard was up to the task. Gillard was able to keep the Eagles off the board, and a free kick by Lusher’s Ty Nero that bounced off the post in the 31st minute seemed to right the Lions en route to a scoreless first half.
“I just needed to stay confident,” Gillard said. “I just stayed on my line and did whatever I can to win. This is huge. It’s our first playoff win since 2016 so it means everything to our coaches and our players.”
The Lions struck just 60 seconds into the second half as sophomore Alex Blanche chipped the ball over a charging keeper and gave the Lions a 1-0 lead.
“I just went there and chipped it over the keeper,” Blanche said. “The keeper came out and hit us, but that didn’t matter because we scored. It really just boosted our mentality. At the beginning of the second half, we knew we would have to play hard, but right as I scored that goal and then Conor (Doremus) scored, it was just crazy. It was a great feeling.”
The Lions extended the lead in the 57th minute as a long throw-in by Aidan Kriek found Conor Doremus on the back post, who directed it in for a 2-0 lead.
The district champion Lady Lions, meanwhile, followed their great 2-0 upset of David Thibodaux high with a tough matchup with 2nd ranked Teurlings Catholic. The girls were ousted from the playoffs, ending a terrific year for new coach Eric Kugler’s squad. Great season, Girls!