LAFAYETTE — Beau Chene’s boys soccer team picked up a 2-1 victory over Bolton in chilly weather Friday on the artificial turf at Teurlings Catholic.
Gators sophomore Landon Guidry scored what proved to be the game-winner at the 25-minute mark of the first half.
“It was a hard-fought game,” Beau Chene coach Chad Vidrine said. “Both teams put it all out there tonight.”
The contest started off with a scary collision near the goal between Bolton’s Brady Laborde and goalkeeper Garrett Benbow. Laborde remained on the ground for at least three minutes before shaking off the hit and returning to action.
Beau Chene (12-8-3) got on the board first as the Gators leading scorer John Morgan Eaglin picked up his 18th goal of the season at the 13-minute mark. Eagin breezed past a trio of defenders and took advantage of Benbow being out of place as he laced the ball to the right side of the net.
Beau Chene couldn’t celebrate that goal for long, though.
Bolton (13-8-2) answered immediately as junior Nicolas Mboungou raced down the right sideline, beating numerous defenders before pushing the ball past Beau Chene’s senior goalkeeper Briley Dronet.
“It was unfortunate that the ball slipped through on the fast turf like that,” Bolton coach Jeremy Poklemba said. “As a team, you always try to respond and Nick did that by going 60 yards and taking it to the house. It was a great response.”
“We let our guard down,” Vidrine said. “You can’t allow that after scoring a goal. We had all the momentum and just gave it away.”
At the 25-minute mark, Guidry snuck past a pair of Bears defenders, pushed the ball toward the goal, which deflected off a defender’s leg and causing a nasty spin on the ball which fooled Benbow.
Bolton got a few more chances to tie the game in the second half but none found the back of the net. Beau Chene’s Dronet had a pair of key crossbar saves to maintain the Gators’ slim lead.
“I thought we played pretty well in the second half,” Poklemba said. “We just couldn’t get it in the net. They did a good job of protecting that lead.”
Beau Chene will now get ready to host St. Thomas More on Monday in a District 3-II game.
“We are going to have to prepare for STM,” said Vidrine, who’s last meeting this season against the Cougars resulted in a 2-2 tie. “The intensity we faced tonight was good preparation for STM.”