ARNAUDVILLE — Beau Chene gets another shot at Vandebilt Catholic.
No. 1 Beau Chene raced out to an early three-goal lead and held off No. 8 Neville for a 4-2 victory Tuesday in the LHSAA Division II boys soccer quarterfinals.
The Gators now advance to the semifinals and will face a familiar foe in No. 5 Vandebilt on Friday, the team they lost to 1-0 in the same round a year ago.
“We’ve been waiting for this match for the past year,” said Beau Chene coach Chad Vidrinem who is in his ninth season as the head coach. “After last year’s game, I sat on this bench for over an hour.”
Added Beau Chene star David Smith, “To have the chance to be able to do to them what they did to us. It’s one of the most amazing feelings.”
Beau Chene (26-1-5) didn’t waste any time getting on the scoreboard as Juan Carlos Bistro scored his 55th goal of the season at the 5:45 mark. The goal set a single-season school record.
At the 9:10 mark, Smith scored the Gators’ second goal and then three minutes later he assisted on Gaven Stelly’s goal. In less than 13 minutes, Beau Chene had built up a commanding 3-0 lead.
“We’ve done that a lot this year,” Vidrine said. “We score in spurts. The key for us really is on the attack.”
Neville got a spark late in the opening half as Harrison Travis took advantage of Beau Chene goalkeeper Briley Dronet being out of goal.
Travis hooked a ball on the right side that gave the Tigers their first goal at the 32:45 mark.
The goal also ended any hopes of Beau Chene recording its 26th shutout of the season.
Beau Chene answered as John Morgan Eaglin scored at the 40:00 mark to give the Gators a 4-1 lead at halftime.
“We played them earlier in the season, and it took us until the second half to score,” Smith said. “We knew that were going to have to score early.”
Neville’s Alex Varytimidis scored in the 80th minute to produce the final score.
In three playoff games this season, Beau Chene has outscored its opponents 22-3, but now comes the team that held them scoreless a year ago.
“We played them earlier this year and didn’t play our game but still found a way to win,” Vidrine said.
“We are going to have to play our best game to beat them on Friday.”