Posted February 24, 2024 / Last updated March 6, 2024

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In a marathon of an LHSAA championship, the soccer team clinched the Division I state title with a double-overtime golden goal by junior Donnie Dovie assisted by junior Bryce Barrere. The decisive moment came 103 minutes into play at Strawberry Stadium in Hammond with Dovie’s headshot breaking the deadlock, bringing the final score to 1-0 over Catholic High of Baton Rouge.

The gripping victory marks Jesuit’s return to the pinnacle of state soccer, securing the championship for the first time since 2018 while adding another chapter to the school’s storied 13-time LHSAA soccer state championship legacy. The match showcased the skill and determination of both teams, and in the end the evening was capped off with spirited celebration from Blue Jay players, coaches, and fans.

Senior goalkeeper Larson Klibert’s outstanding performance, particularly during the second half and overtime periods, earned him player-of-the-game honors. Klibert’s critical saves, including multiple stops from inside the goal area and two crucial interventions in overtime, were pivotal in keeping Catholic at bay.

The match was a nail-biter from start to finish, with both teams showcasing their defensive and offensive prowess. Despite the Bears creating several scoring chances throughout the match, Jesuit’s defense, well-disciplined by head coach Hubie Collins, limited their opportunities and worked tirelessly from whistle to whistle. The strategic switch of goalkeepers at halftime, a tactic employed by Jesuit throughout the season, proved effective, with Klibert and junior Andrew Duncan sharing duties to ensure the shutout.

The golden goal was a masterpiece of teamwork and strategy, originating from a long free kick by Bryce Barrere from about 45 yards out. The play, which hinged on a clever feint by sophomore Gavin Liantonio, allowed Dovie to head the ball into the net, sending the Jesuit student section into a frenzy of celebration.

Reflecting on the victory, Klibert expressed the indescribable joy and unity felt by the team, stating, “Unreal. I can’t even describe the feeling. The energy from the fans, the players, the parents—there’s nothing like it.”

This championship win marks the end of a six-year wait for a title. As the school community celebrates this monumental achievement, Collins and his team have once again demonstrated Jesuit’s characteristic sportsmanship and athletic strength.

“To be back here again the championship game is what we worked really hard for all year. You earn the right to be here—there’s no ‘deserving’ anything,” said Collins before nodding to the future. “Next year’s group will have to continue on—but we know we’ll celebrate this one tonight.”

Because of a new LHSAA policy, a gallery of championship photos is no longer allowed to be posted. Please contact LHSAA with any concerns about this change.