Consider the Holy Cross program officially “on the map.”
History was made Thursday night at the Louisiana-Lafayette soccer complex as the top-seeded Tigers defeated No. 2 Beau Chene 3-1 to capture Division II boys soccer the LHSAA Sugar Bowl state championships. The title was Holy Cross' first in scoring.
Division II boys soccer state champion Holy Cross pic.twitter.com/sGAdNw2CRp— David Folse II (@davidfolse) February 23, 2018
Scoring two goals in the span of a minute, Holy Cross finally broke through on the scoreboard in the 50th minute on a goal by junior Ethan Garvey that was assisted by Sinjin Mills, tying the game at 1.
Senior Sebastian Aguilar's goal put the Tigers up 2-1.
Aguilar was named the game's Most Outstanding Player.
Sebastian Aguilar of Holy Cross was named the Most Outstanding Player of the Division II state championship match. pic.twitter.com/pcYj3eN9Ln— David Folse II (@davidfolse) February 23, 2018
The Tigers had a chance to extend its lead to 3-1 in the 58th minute after a hand ball sent junior Nolan Heitmeier up for a penalty kick in the 59th minute that was saved by a diving Beau Chene sophomore keeper Grant Smith.
Sophomore Chad Cadiere gave his team breathing room in the 64th minute when his header on a corner kick found the back of the net, giving Holy Cross the two-goal lead.
“I just don’t have words to describe how this feels,” Garvey said. “After losing to St. Thomas More my freshman season, it was the worst feeling I have ever felt. Now, to be able to come back and accomplish something like this, it is amazing.
“I thought we came out slow in the first half. I think we actually had some butterflies. At the half, we talked and we told each other that (Beau Chene) wasn’t playing that much better than us. We can still win this. I thought that allowed us to gain some confidence and composure. We executed in the right spots and were able to get some big goals. Now we are state champions. We made school history. What just an absolutely fantastic feeling.”
Holy Cross junior Ethan Garvey, who is really tall, scored a pair of goals Thursday night to help the Tigers win the school’s first ever state title pic.twitter.com/mLdGTfJiA0— David Folse II (@davidfolse) February 23, 2018
Beau Chene fell behind 1-0 in the first half after a goal by Adrian Eaglin. In the first half, the Tigers (17-3-2) struggled to develop any offensive rhythm, with very few opportunities to score. The best chance for the Tigers came in the 25th minute on a shot by junior Josue Fuentes that went just wide.
Still in search of the school’s first state soccer championship, Beau Chene concludes its season 18-8-5. It was the Gators' second loss on the season to Holy Cross, which won 5-0 on Jan. 6.
Division II boys soccer state runner-up Beau Chene pic.twitter.com/w0DxGH9UgX— David Folse II (@davidfolse) February 23, 2018