Soccer Team Earns Tough District Win Over Grace King
Jesuit’s soccer team didn’t have to wait long for another shot at Grace King. Eight days after losing 2-1 to the Fighting Irish in pool play at the St. Paul’s Invitational, the Jays evened the score with a 1-0 shutout on Wednesday, Jan. 6 at John Ryan Stadium.
The first half was a defensive battle, with neither team getting off a shot on goal that had a real chance of finding the net.
In the second half, Jesuit started to apply some pressure on the Grace King goalie. Senior Charles Rice started the action, narrowly missing a shot just two minutes into the second half.
Twelve minutes later, senior José Aleman broke through for the only goal of the night, fighting past a defender who had a hold of his jersey to get a shot off.
The Jays had another opportunity with 13 minutes remaining when junior Colin Pitre went airborne to strike a solid ball that just missed its mark.
“That was a hard fought win against a really good team,” said coach Hubie Collins.”Grace King is capable of beating anybody on a given night. We’re fortunate to escape with the win tonight.”
Jesuit came into the game as the No. 4 team in Division 1 according to the latest Louisiana High School Soccer Coaches Association poll. Grace King was ranked No. 6.
With the victory, Jesuit improves to 16-3 on the season. Next up for the Jays is a Saturday, Jan. 9 showdown with the Rummel Raiders. Match time is 12:30 at Rummel.
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