Blue Jays to Play a Semifinal Match on Saturday in the Wolves’ Den

Posted February 21, 2014 / Last updated March 10, 2014

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Jesuit and St. Paul’s Match Gets Underway at 4 PM

For Jesuit to make it to the LHSAA state soccer finals for the sixth consecutive years, the Jays must eliminate St. Paul's. Nothing's easy with the Wolves.

For Jesuit to make it to the LHSAA state soccer finals for the sixth consecutive year, the Jays must eliminate St. Paul’s. Nothing’s easy with the Wolves.

In a highly anticipated state semifinal soccer match, Jesuit travels across the lake to Covington, where the Jays will be hunting Wolves in St. Paul’s own den. Kickoff is at 4 p.m. and a large capacity crowd is expected to watch two premiere teams go after each other – again, again, again, and again

This will be the fourth time in four years that Jesuit and St. Paul’s have crossed paths. For three straight years, the Jays and Wolves played in the championship match. Jesuit has won the last two times (in 2012 and 2013). In 2011, St. Paul’s won.

Saturday’s match is one of the first semifinal games that provides a backdrop for the two rivals to duke it out. Admission to the match is $7 for adults and $5 for students. School IDs are not valid at LHSAA playoff games.

The Jays (16-3) are coming off a 4-1 road victory over Sulphur in the quarterfinals while St. Paul’s remained at home to defeat Captain Shreve by the same score. The Blue Jays are seeded 6th in Division I while the Wolves are seeded 2nd. However, St. Paul’s essentially took over the top seed when former 1st seed Brother Martin was beaten by 8th seed Grace King. Acadiana travels to Joe Yenni Stadium Saturday afternoon to take on the Irish in the other semifinal match.

The two teams that survive the semifinals will play each other on Friday, Feb. 28 at Tad Gormley Stadium.

Jesuit’s head soccer coach is Hubie Collins, who is in his 12th year overseeing the varsity program. He is assisted by Dave Storm and “Daz” Towers. Under Coach Collins, the Jays have won seven state championships in the past 11 years (2013, 2012, 2010, 2009, 2007, 2005, and 2003). They were state runners-up twice (2011 and 2004) and made it to the semifinals once (2006). The only “off” year for the Jays was a district championship in 2008.

View the Photo Gallery of the Jesuit – Sulphur Match

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