ST. AMANT — St. Amant had won the last four boys soccer games against Dutchtown. Briggs Bourgeois ensured Wednesday night would be the fifth.
The sophomore put together a dominant, four-goal performance for the Gators (10-4-2) to give St. Amant a 4-0 win and a spot among the top of the district table. The margin was one of the largest during the streak.
“We knew going in (Bourgeois) is kind of our heartbeat,” St. Amant coach Adrian Garcia said.
“When he’s in a mood like he was in tonight, I don’t think anyone can stop him.”
Garcia said the game plan was for his young squad — eight starters either sophomores or freshmen — to funnel the offense through Bourgeois, and it showed from kickoff.
Bourgeois created several chances for himself early, but it would take him until the 24th minute to see his first goal when he hit a shot to the top of the near post from 25 yards out.
Dutchtown (8-3-1) maintained its composure, though, holding St. Amant to only one other shot on goal in the first half.
Conversely, the Griffins put three shots on goal in the first half.
“These guys, they play a lot better than they should sometimes, and they play not as good other times and tonight was one of those ups,” Garcia said. “The biggest thing now is keeping it consistent and bring it into the next game.”
Bourgeois wasn’t satisfied with just one goal, however. In the second half, his foot came alive when he received a through ball from Anthony Naya into the middle of the box, which Bourgeois easily slotted past Dutchtown freshman keeper Christian Carillo in the 47th minute.
The Gators playmaker earned his hat trick just nine minutes later with what was arguably his best shot of the game.
After taking the ball off a corner kick, Bourgeois was moving away from the goal before a sharp turn around to knock a shot above the head of an unsuspecting Carillo from about 10 yards out.
“I had my back to the goal, and I just turned around and kicked it,” Bourgeois said. “I just tried to put it on frame. I didn’t know it was going to go in, but it just fell right over the keeper’s head and went in.”
Even after he secured the victory, Bourgeois said he wanted to go for the “double hat trick,” but Garcia pulled the young standout after his fourth goal in the 73rd minute.
St. Amant outshot Dutchtown 14-11.
Dutchtown coach Larry Chambless was disappointed in his team’s effort
“Coach Adrian and I are good friends and he’s got me four times in a row now — he’s got my number,” Chambless said. “He put it on me tonight, he put it on us.”