E.D. White, Thibodaux play to tie

E.D. White Catholic's Derek Knight (1) and Thibodaux's Chris Connel (18) battle for the ball in Tuesday's match. (Photo by Abby Tabor/Staff)

When groups of young people in shorts begin running around an athletic field, while their families and friends sit huddled in heavy coats around portable heaters, it can only mean one thing: high school soccer is back.

Thibodaux and E.D. White Catholic got their seasons started on an appropriately blustery night at Thibodaux stadium, and after 80 minutes, left the field with a 1-1 tie on the board in a non-district game.

It looked like the game would have a different ending in the first half, when E.D. White dominated action. Thibodaux (0-0-1 overall) could not get any offensive momentum going, and the bulk of the half was played in the vicinity of Thibodaux's goal and goalie Victor Bimah.

But Bimah and Thibodaux's defense held with one exception. Colby Masse pushed one through in heavy traffic around the Thibodaux goal in the 28th minute, and E.D. White led 1-0.

"It was a corner kick, and on the second touch, Masse put it in," E.D. White coach Roger Bimah said.

The Cardinals had a couple of chances near the end of the first half to extend their lead but couldn't get anything in, and the first half ended 1-0.

Things changed in the second half. Thibodaux came out and immediately started pressuring the E.D. White (0-0-1) goal, getting a corner kick and then nearly scoring on a fast break.

E.D. White responded with a flurry of shots in the 47th and 48th minutes. But Victor Bimah, the nephew of Roger Bimah, held, and the teams traded shots for 20 minutes.

"I just tried to play my position and play the ball, react to the ball as quick as I can," Victor Bimah said. "Then I just used my fundamentals and stayed sound. (E.D. White) took very good shots."

Thibodaux coach Arthur "Putt" Bernard said his team may have been a bit starstruck to start the game.

"I think the thing coming into the game is that the guys came into it knowing that E.D. White is going to have an exceptional team this year," Bernard said. "We knew they made that deep run last year and that they were bringing a lot of players back. And I think there was a bit of a ‘wow factor' when we first started. But as the game progressed, my guys settled in and realized it wasn't David versus Goliath, that we can play with these guys. Victor made some great plays, and we were able to tie it up near the end."

Mason Richard scored on a deflection in the 72nd minute to tie the game. E.D. White had opportunities, with two free kicks and a corner kick, but Thibodaux's defense responded, holding on to the tie.

Roger Bimah said it was an unusual experience watching his own nephew swat away his team's shots.

"It's a strange sight to see him out there," the elder Bimah said. "It was just weird."


At Morgan City, Terrebonne allowed two second-half goals after getting out to a 1-0 first-half advantage on a header by Travis Manor off a throw-in from Nick Indovina in the 20th minute.

Terrebonne fell to 0-1 after the nondistrict loss.


At Galliano, the Tarpons got two assists from Jobie Chiasson and a first-half goal from Taylor Keller and a second-half goal from Junior Matute for the nondistrict victory.

The Tarpons improved to 1-0 and Rene Chiasson got the win in goal.

Ellender fell to 0-1.


At Bourg, the Gators fell to 0-1 overall on the season after being shutout on Tuesday night.


At New Orleans, the Terriers fell to 0-1 on the season with the nondistrict, shut-out loss on Monday.

— Staff Writer Kelly McElroy contributed to this story.