St. Louis Catholic boys and girls soccer teams move on to semifinals

Published: Feb. 13, 2023 at 11:13 PM CST
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Lake Charles, LA (KPLC) - Both the boys and girls soccer teams from St. Louis won their LHSAA Division III quarterfinal matchups Monday.

Behind Grace Savoie’s two goals, the fourth-ranked  Lady Saints defeated the fifth-ranked E.D. White Cardinals team 3-2 to reach the semifinals.

Jackson Avery scored two goals to lead the third-seeded Saints boys team to a 4-2 victory over the sixth-seeded St. Michaels Warriors.

Both games were played at the McNeese Soccer Stadium, but both Saints teams will hit the road for the semifinal round.

The Lady Saints will play at top-seeded Archbishop Hannan at 5 p.m. on Friday while the boys team will travel to second-seeded Boxxier at 2 p.m. Saturday.

The Lady Saints, fresh off of a 3-1 regional win over West Feliciana, held off E.D. White’s last-ditch effort.

In the first 40 minutes of action, the Lady Saints got on the board first as Grace Savoie would put them on top 1-0 early. That score would hold until the very end of the half as the Cardinals answered with a goal of their own to tie things up 1-1 at the end of the first half.

The second half of the match was just as close, as E.D. White snagged their first lead of the game in the 55th minute, off of a goal by Caroline Dugas.

St. Louis would respond quickly, though, scoring a game-tying goal off the boot of Emma Roach on a free kick just a minute after the Cardinals took the lead.

For the next 30 minutes of action, neither team could get a solid look at the net until Savoie found the back of the net to put the Lady Saints up by one with barely any time left.

The 14-time state champion boys team started quickly against St. Michael with a score in the first three minutes off a beautiful goal by Avery.

Both teams would then go scoreless for most of the rest of the half until Stephen Polito put an end to the silence with a tap-in goal to make it 2-0 Saints at the half.

Avery put another shot in the back of the net in the second half as the Saints went on to beat the Warriors 4-2.