For Senior Soccer Players, Match Against Newman on Saturday Is Special
Blue Jays Coming Off a 3-0 Shutout of Grace King
It will be Senior Day at Jesuit’s soccer match against the Newman Greenies on Saturday, Jan. 31. Kickoff is 1 p.m. at John Ryan Stadium.
Preceding the kickoff will be a brief ceremony on Alumni Field recognizing the eight Blue Jay seniors on the team, along with their parents.
Jesuit’s soccer team has a wealth of talent among the starters on the field as well as the reserves on the bench, with 20 juniors, three sophomores, and one freshman joining the eight senior players.
The seniors who will be feted on Saturday are Reed Barkate (# 12, midfielder), Otto Candies (#0, goalie), Bailey Cookmeyer (#6, forward), Patrick Faherty (#29, defense), Patrick LaCour (#5, midfielder), Jack LaForge (#14, defense), Brett Lozowski (#11, midfielder), and Dylan Mire (#2, defense).
The Jays wrapped up the District 9-5A championship following their 2-1 win over Brother Martin last Saturday (Jan. 24). The Jays district record is 7-0-1, with the lone tie a 1-1 game against the Crusaders back on Jan. 9. Since then, the Jays have strung together five consecutive wins, including their most recent victory, a 3-0 shutout against a strong Grace King team on Wednesday (Jan. 28) at John Ryan Stadium. Dillon Fuchs scored two goals, one in each half, while Chris Pitre accounted for the third goal.
Jesuit’s overall record is 16-4-3, with the four losses taking place early in the season at a Mississippi tournament where the Jays were kibitzed, shutout in all four matches. In addition to Jesuit’s 1-1 match against the Crusaders, the Jays played Catholic High (B.R.) twice with each match ending in a tie (1-1, 0-0). Jesuit’s four out-of-state losses are disregarded by the state’s soccer hierarchy when figuring out the weekly power rankings, the latest of which has Jesuit in the #6 spot among Division 1 teams. St. Paul’s is #1, followed (in order) by Acadiana, Mandeville, Brother Martin, Catholic, then Jesuit.
But the Jays should push rankings and what not to the side because playing the Greenies on Saturday afternoon won’t be a lark in the park. Newman, a Division III powerhouse, traditionally gives the Jays a tough, physical match, and on Saturday, the Greenies bring an undefeated record to John Ryan Stadium.
The Jays close out their regular season with a visit to Vandebilt Catholic in Houma on Monday, Feb. 2. Kickoff is 6:30 p.m.
The LHSAA playoff brackets will be released this week, either Tuesday, Feb. 3 or Wednesday, Feb. 4.
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