Jays Nip Terriers, Bye Now Likely in Playoffs
Jesuit’s 1-0 win over a strong Vandebilt Catholic team on Monday, Feb. 1 at John Ryan Stadium in all likelihood secured a first round bye for the Blue Jays in the Division 1 playoffs.
The Jays, seeded fourth, take on Sulphur, seeded 13, in a regional playoff match on Thursday evening, Feb. 11. The match gets underway at 5:30 p.m. at John Ryan Stadium.
Jesuit’s soccer team entered the Vandebilt game hanging on by a thread to one of eight playoff byes. The loss to the Jays was only the second of the season for the Terriers, which is the top-ranked team in the LHSAA’s Division III. The win for the Jays should be reflected in the all-important power ratings, and could be just enough to secure one of the coveted byes.
The Terriers didn’t go down without a fight. They fended off a relentless series of attacks after attack by the Jesuit offense, breaking only once. With just over five minutes remaining in the first half, senior Dillon Fuchs fed a speeding Jose Aleman who stayed onside, controlled the ball, and fired a shot past a diving goalie.
The win caps off a 22-3-2 regular season for the Blue Jays. Play-off brackets are set to be released on Wednesday, Feb. 3.
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