Cardinals fall to Gators in quarterfinals
Thu. February 14, 2013 at 11:30 p.m. | By
ARNAUDVILLE — The E.D. White Catholic boys soccer team’s dream of winning a Division II state championship came to an abrupt end on Thursday night.
In a quarterfinal playoff match twice postponed by weather, the fifth-seeded Cardinals did everything possible to defeat the fourth-seeded Beau Chene Gators. The Cardinals had the advantage in shots taken (20-3) and had the ball on their side of the field about 85 percent of the match.
But in the end, it was Beau Chene coming out on top with a 1-0 victory.
Tony Nicco scored the game-winning goal for Beau Chene (18-3-5 overall) off an assist from Brock Hollier with about 5 minutes left in the match.
“We played the majority of the match on our side of the field and played great defense throughout the match,” E.D. White coach Roger Bimah said. “But they were able to get one through our defense and get one into the net. We give them one opportunity, and they take advantage of it. It was a tough way to lose.”
E.D. White and Beau Chene met in last season’s Division II quarterfinals with the Cardinals winning 3-1.
Thursday’s playoff match was postponed twice because of heavy rains and flooding on Beau Chene’s home field. The match was originally scheduled for Tuesday but was postponed to Wednesday and again until Thursday because of rain and the field conditions.
Bimah said the field conditions did not play a role in the outcome of the match.
“The field was in good shape and stayed that way for the majority of the match,” he said. “Both teams seemed to handle the field conditions pretty well, and it had no real effect on the outcome.”
E.D. White ended its season with a 20-5-3 record.
Colby Masse led the Cardinals with seven shots, and Derek Knight finished with four shots. Cardinals goalie B.J. Gros finished with two saves.
Bimah said Thursday’s match marked the end of the high school career for five seniors — Masse, Knight, Gros, Trey Rodrigue and Devin Turner.
“These seniors are one of the most successful groups in school history,” Bimah said. “They have won more than 100 games in their careers, and they have worked hard over the years to achieve that goal.”
Beau Chene will now travel to New Orleans to face No. 8 Ben Franklin in a semifinal playoff match at 3 p.m. Saturday.
The winner of that match will face the winner of the No. 6 Vandebilt Catholic/No. 2 St. Louis Catholic match in the Division II finals, scheduled for 1:30 p.m. on Feb. 23 at Tad Gormley Stadium in New Orleans.