Vandebilt Catholic boys fall to Beau Chene, 3-1


Myles Barr

Sports Correspondent

The Vandebilt Catholic boys soccer team fell to Beau Chene 3-1 in nondistrict play on Saturday afternoon at Buddy Marcello Stadium in Houma.

The game began on a wet field with a light drizzle. 

Beau Chene, the top-ranked team in Division II this season and the Division II state runner-up from a year ago, seemed to have the upper hand in the first 20 minutes, but solid play by the Vandebilt (5-3-2 overall) backfield held the Gators to four shots on goal in the first half. 

Terriers defenders James Schwab, Cade Guillot, Ethan Cazayoux and Blake Prosperie held their own against star forward Brock Hollier of the Gators. 

Hollier has scholarship offers from Delta State and Hendrix College (Arkansas) as well as from Louisiana College and scored 28 minutes into the first half after he split two defenders before making a shot.

The Terriers, ranked fifth in Division II by the Louisiana High School Soccer Coaches Association, answered back 8 minutes later when Mitch Gautreaux took the ball from a throw-in and scored from about 10 yards out to tie the match at 1.

Back-to-back yellow cards were then handed out just before half, one on each team. 

As the second half began and the temperature dropped, the Gators got hot. 

Gaven Stelly scored by heading the ball into the net off of a free kick 12 minutes into the half to make it 2-1.

Just 2 minutes later they struck again, this time on a shot by Tony Nicko with an assist by Hollier to give Beau Chene a 3-1 lead. 

Terriers coach Kevin Champagne said he was proud of his team’s effort against such a highly-ranked opponent. 

“It was a good game. They played well,” Champagne said. “In the first half we possessed really well. We made a defensive mistake, and they capitalized on it. Same for us. In the second half we didn’t get back on defense and didn’t capitalize on some chances we had.”

The Terriers start district play this week, and Cazayoux said the team is putting the pieces together to be a strong competitor. 

“I feel like we need to prepare,” he said. “We have to play as a team and regroup and just keep together.”

LOCAL MATCHES CANCELED

The St. Michael at E.D. White Catholic girls soccer match and the Houma Christian boys matches in the North Vermilion Tournament were canceled on Saturday.