LAFAYETTE — It’d be an understatement to say the Acadiana area is well represented as the Division IV boys soccer playoffs head into the quarterfinals.
Not only did District 3 have four area teams make the playoff field of 24, but those four teams all received top-eight seeds, including the No. 1 overall ranking in the division.
After finishing the year with a 19-2-2 overall mark and 5-1 in district, Catholic High-New Iberia was rewarded with the overall top seed in the Division IV bracket.
Meanwhile, fellow District 3 foes Episcopal School of Acadiana, Westminster Christian Academy and Lafayette Christian Academy were seeded third, seventh and eighth.
Westminster and ESA also finished with 5-1 district records, creating a three-way tie atop the standings.
First-year Catholic- New Iberia coach Adam Glover attributed his team receiving the top seed to a solid nondistrict schedule but also having to play ESA, LCA and Westminster.
“We knew the district would be strong. The teams are seeded where they are because they deserve it,” Glover said. “Each has been working hard all season long.”
As a result of the four area teams earning top eight seeds, each was rewarded a first-round bye.
Glover had mixed feelings about the bye.
“We picked up some injuries during district play, so the bye allowed us to rest and heal,” Glover said. “But practice is practice, and it does not compare to the intensity of a match.
“We came out a bit rusty in the first half of our first playoff game (a 3-1 win against St. Charles Catholic last week), falling behind 1-0 at the half. But as the rust wore off in the second, we were able to eventually come out on top.”
That win set up a rematch Tuesday with district rival Lafayette Christian, which topped St. Frederick’s 3-1 last week.
In their only meeting this season, Catholic High beat LCA 5-1.
Meanwhile, third-seeded Episcopal of Acadiana will host New Orleans-based Haynes Academy on Tuesday at 5:30 p.m.
ESA cruised by Riverside Academy 7-1 last week.
Westminster, meanwhile, travels for its quarterfinal match. The seventh-seeded Crusaders will face second seed Newman at 7 p.m. Tuesday.
Westminster defeated Evangel 5-3 in second-round action.
If the Crusaders defeat Newman, it would set up a District 3 showdown in the semifinals between district foes Catholic High-New Iberia or Lafayette Christian.