A year after not even making it to the boys soccer state playoffs, the Destrehan Wildcats made up for lost time.
Senior Trent Tregle’s goal in the 70th minute proved to be the game winner as No. 19 Destrehan went on the road and upset No. 14 Lakeshore 1-0 Friday night in Mandeville.
With the win, the Wildcats (9-4-4) advance to the regional round and will travel to take on No. 3 Ouachita Parish. Lakeshore finishes its season 7-9-4.
After a Lakeshore threat on goal, the Wildcats took advantage on the counterattack. Tregle drove the ball from nearly midfield to the goal, where he battled with Lakeshore keeper Jakob Morales before finding the back of the goal for the 1-0 advantage.
“Credit my teammates for helping us get the breakaway, and they gave me a beautiful ball,” Tregle said. “I knew (Lakeshore’s) right backer was very fast, but I still decided I was going to take him on. After I took my first shot on the goal, the only thing going through my head was, 'You have to put it back on the goal.' I was fortunate enough to be able to do that.”
Lakeshore dominated the time of possession in the first half and kept the ball on the Destrehan end for most of the first 40 minutes. Lakeshore was unable to convert as the teams played to a scoreless first half.
The best threat of the first half for Lakeshore came in the 30th minute, when junior Jacob Bernard had a breakaway, but Destrehan goalie Kyle Grieshop stopped his point-blank shot.
Grieshop came up big again in the 56th minute when another junior, Jake Leger, had an opportunity very similar to Bernard's only to have Grieshop stop it.
Leger had another quality look at goal in the 63rd minute, but his left-footed shot went just wide of the net.
“You can’t win games when you can convert as many opportunities as we had to score goals,” Lakeshore coach Chris Penton said “I think we held Destrehan to maybe two shots on goal the entire game. One little mistake led to a counterattack, and they scored. We had our chances, but we lost the game.”
The win for the Wildcats pushes their unbeaten streak to six consecutive matches.
He was responsible for the game-winning goal, but Tregle credited his team’s defensive effort as the biggest key to the win.
“Our defense has been incredible all year,’ he said. “Our defense has been rock solid, and I think that we showed that tonight. This run to the postseason has been 100 percent because of our defense. Our job is easy on offense. It’s that simple.”