A Relentless Army on the March, Blue Jays Wear Down the Crusaders, 1-0, to Advance to Soccer State Championship Match
Senior Bo Devenport Scores in 67th Minute and Blue Jays Hold On for Their Tenth Consecutive Shutout
The Blue Jays won, 1-0, on Devenport’s sliding chip shot goal in the 67th minute of the match. Winning goalie was junior Nick Tadros. The Jays will play in the state championship game next Saturday (February 23) at Tad Gormley Stadium against the winner of the Lafayette – St. Paul’s contest that will be decided tonight. The Jays and Crusaders played each other four times this season with Brother Martin winning the first two matches. But the Jays won the last two, including the most important match between the two rivals.
Jesuit shut down and shut out Brother Martin, 1-0, in a state semifinal soccer match on Saturday afternoon at John Ryan Stadium, setting the stage for a championship showdown game between the Blue Jays and St. Paul’s of Covington.
Senior mid-fielder Bo Devenport scored for the Jays in the 77th minute of the match and the Jesuit defense bulked up in the final 13 minutes to defeat a strong Crusader team.
The victory sends the Blue Jays to the LHSAA state championship match for the fifth consecutive year. It will be the third year in a row that Jesuit and St. Paul’s meet in the finals. Jesuit is the defending champion; The Wolves won two years ago. Since 1999, Jesuit has won a State Soccer Championship seven times and been runners-up on four occasions. In the 14-year span beginning in 1999, the Jays missed appearing in the state final match only twice.