It took a little time for second-seeded University High to knock off the rust from not having played in a week. But soon enough, the Cubs got on a roll.
Jack Shelby and Connor Kirkpatrick each scored two goals to lead the way as U-High notched a 6-3 victory over Hannan in a Division III regional-round soccer playoff game Thursday night at UHS' Gill Stadium.
“I thought we attacked well,” U-High coach Chris Mitchell said. “There were some times when we broke our form on defense and part of that has to do with having that first-round bye. But overall, I am pleased. We know we play (seventh-seeded) Menard at home next and that is a good thing.”
Jackson Word and Hayden Franklin also scored goals for U-High (13-3-6).
DENHAM SPRINGS 2, ALEXANDRIA 1 OT: In Alexandria, 10th seeded Denham Springs earned its first trip to the Division I quarterfinals since 2015.
Collin Turner scored off a pass from Brennan Amato during first overtime period to secure the victory. William Chevalier scored the other Yellow Jackets goal off an assist by Bryan Lagos. DSHS (16-6-4) will host No. 15 Jesuit (17-3-4) in the quarterfinals.
ST. AMANT 2, WEST JEFFERSON 1: Goalkeeper Brendan David made a save in the closing minutes to clinch a Division I regional victory for St. Amant (24-1-1). David finished with five saves.
Angelo Fabricio had a goal and also assisted on the other Gator goal scored by Caleb Cretini. St. Amant, the No. 5 seed, travels to play No. 4 Lafayette High (17-1-8) in the quarterfinals.
WOODLAWN 3, BENTON 1: In Bossier City, the Panthers got goals from Cody Stevenson and Jacob Barnes en route to a Division II quarterfinal berth.
Stevenson scored off an assist from Christopher Enamorado. Barnes’ goal came off a free kick. The Panthers (14-3-4) got their other goal when a Benton defender batted a crossing pass into the goal.
Woodlawn, seeded ninth, hosts top-seeded Holy Cross (17-3-2) in the quarterfinals.