A Last-Second Goal by Dillon Fuchs Lifts Jays Over the Tigers
Jays Play Crusaders on Saturday, Jan. 24, at 1 PM in Gentilly with District Title on the Line
When Jesuit’s Dillon Fuchs put his right foot into the ball, rocketing the shot past the beleaguered Holy Cross goalie, the Wednesday night match between the two rivals was already two minutes into stoppage time and the referee had the whistle to his lips.
Talk about in the nick of time! Talk about what took so long! Talk about going down to the wire!
Fuchs’s goal broke open a scoreless match at John Ryan Stadium and the Jays escaped with a 1-0 win to remain undefeated in district competition. The Jays’ and Tigers’ match grew more intense and physical as the minutes fell off the clock. It seemed that the Jays controlled the ball for at least 78 of the 80 minutes of play. Holy Cross had three not-even-close shots on goal for the entire game, compared to the Jays who took one shot after another. The ball went over the goal, to either side of the goal, hit the crossbar and sidebars. The ball seemed to be everywhere but in the goalmouth.
Credit the Tigers’ goalie who came up with save after save. But in Jesuit soccer, when the Jays shoot and shoot and shoot, eventually the ball is going to find the net. Just over two minutes into stoppage time, with both teams exhausted, Jesuit’s Jack LaForge passed the ball to Fuchs, who dribbled 10 feet, cocked his right foot, and slammed the ball to the left of the goalkeeper, burying it into the back of the Tigers’ net.
As Fuchs later told Craig Malveaux, a reporter for the N.O. Advocate: “I saw his eyes shift right and his body contort a bit, so I tried to slide it the opposite way to make a save much more challenging. There’s immense pressure, especially with the match on the line and me one-on-one with the keeper, but I tried to suppress everything and not overthink the shot.”
The match continued for another frantic minute and ended only after the Tigers were given a free kick from some 25 yards out. It was a good ball the Tiger hit, but Blue Jay goalie Otto Candies had a firm grip on it and the ref blew the whistle to end the match.
Jesuit’s overall record is 14-4-3 (in-state 14-0-3; district 6-0-1). The Jays close out district play — with a district title on the line — against Brother Martin on Saturday, Jan. 24. Kickoff has been pushed back to 1 p.m. (from its original scheduled starting time of noon) at Farley Field in Gentilly. Admission is free for Jesuit students with the school ID. Adults (and students from other schools) pay $5; children ages 6-11 pay $3; under 6 is still free.
N.O. Advocate: Jesuit’s injury-time goal pushes them past Holy Cross