Vandy, EDW boys soccer teams set for big local tourney this weekend

When the Brothers of the Sacred Heart Cup Soccer Tournament needed to relocate quickly in order to hold its 2012 event after a field availability problem in New Orleans arose last week, Vandebilt Catholic assistant athletic director and former boys soccer coach Doug Hamilton stepped in.

Hamilton volunteered to have Vandebilt host the event, which dates back to 1993 and will be held all day Saturday and all day Sunday at the Lakes Soccer Complex off La. 311 and at Buddy Marcello Stadium in Houma on the Vandebilt campus.

"We are hosting a program tournament. That means all the teams can bring their eighth grade, ninth grade, junior varsity and varsity teams," Hamilton said. "The eighth grade, ninth grade and junior varsity will predominately be played at the Lakes and the varsity is at Vandebilt. We mobilized all our connections and our parents and planned this tournament in less than a week."

Along with Vandebilt, the other varsity teams competing are E.D. White Catholic, St. Paul's, St. Stanislaus from Bay St. Louis, Miss., Jesuit and Brother Martin.

"Jesuit, St. Paul's and Brother Martin are the top three teams in Division I," Hamilton said. "So we have quite the lineup, and we have a total of 37 games on the weekend."

Hamilton said the tournament starts at 9 a.m. Saturday and the varsity title match will be played at approximately 6:30 p.m. on Sunday at Vandebilt.

"It's kind of a unique tournament because we know of no other tournament that invites varsity, junior varsity, ninth grade and eighth grade," Hamilton said. "It's a real nice tournament. It was at Catholic High in Baton Rouge last year. All the programs and all the parents come together, and we all just happen to be really good soccer schools."