East Jefferson’s quarterfinal troubles continue.
On Monday afternoon, the fourth-seeded Warriors pushed fifth-seeded Vandebilt Catholic early in a quarterfinal matchup in the Division II playoffs, then failed to transform multiple opportunities into goals.
And later, after allowing a goal in the 15th minute, they were unable to rekindle one of the rallies that highlighted a 19-win season.
The final outcome, a 1-0 defeat at Joseph S. Yenni Stadium, left the Warriors on the wrong side of a berth to the semifinals for the fourth time in five years.
Instead, Vandebilt Catholic (19-7) advances to the semifinals to face the winner of top-seeded Beau Chene and eighth-seeded Neville, who play on Tuesday.
“We didn’t pressure enough, and we just missed our opportunities,” said Wilson Aguilar, a senior center defender for East Jefferson. “We were just getting frustrated.”
Zach Breaux made sure, beating two East Jefferson defenders on a breakaway to the right before launching a shot from about 15 yards. Breaux’s shot was stopped at or near the goal line by Pedro Carrasco. Officials ruled Breaux’s shot a score, which East Jefferson contested.
“We were fortunate not to concede in the early minutes,” Breaux said. “We came back strong. We had one good opportunity and took it.”
Vandebilt Catholic managed less than half of East Jefferson’s shots on goal and watched the Warriors control the middle of the field for much of the match, helped by Jean-Carlo Pineda’s aggressive play.
Still, Vandebilt Catholic held on, beating East Jefferson in the quarterfinals again In 2011, the Terriers beat East Jefferson 1-0 in the quarterfinals.
“We didn’t play particularly well, offensively, but I think we did what needed to be done to win,” Vandebilt Catholic coach Paul Shenton said.
East Jefferson (19-5) loses three starting seniors. Returning players will include leading scorer Fernando Hernandez.
“The only way were outplayed was the long ball. We had a couple of chances in the first half to put the game away 3-0,” East Jefferson coach Jonathan Largaespada said.