Lakeshore made a little bit of history Tuesday night time, nevertheless it didn’t come straightforward.
Senior Jake Leger scored in the thirty eighth minute, and the third-seeded Titans held on a 1-0 win over sixth-seeded Lakeshore in a District II quarterfinals match at Lakeshore.
The victory gave the Titans (22-four-2) their first semifinals appearance in boys soccer historical past.
“We knew EJ was going to be a problem,” Lakeshore coach Chris Penton stated. “It is the primary time that a boys group has reached the semifinals, and now we’re in an amazing position. That is large. That is epic. That is all we have been speaking about all yr. The amount of labor we’ve put in to see these guys break the curse as we call it – the quarterfinals curse – they deserve every single bit of success that they’re having this yr.”
The Titans will host No. 7 Woodlawn-Baton Rouge within the semifinals later this week.
The Warriors (14-three-7) almost took the lead in the third minute as senior Erick Lara was one-on-one with Titans keeper Jakob Morales, who got here up with a clutch save.
“It’s simply a type of issues that they break the defense, and it is both they put it in or I come out sliding,” Morales stated. “It went underneath my legs, hit the back of my foot and went out. It was a hell of a shot. It was superb. This is a tremendous feeling to go to the semifinals. I’ve by no means been in one thing like this, so it’s a hell of a sense.”
The teams traded possibilities from there until the 38th minute when a quick restart by James-Preston Furman discovered the foot of Jacob Bernard, who flicked it on for Jake Leger, who put the Titans up 1-0.
“It was an incredible flick on by Jacob, and I knew we simply needed to have it,” Leger stated. “It was big to take the lead proper before half because EJ is an effective staff. It is a terrific feeling to get this win. It is large. We’re able to play Woodlawn in the next round. I can not wait.”
That proved to be the distinction because the Warriors could not discover the equalizer within the second half, and the Titans missed a pair of golden possibilities to increase the lead in the bodily match.
East Jefferson coach Jonathan Rednour stated those missed possibilities have been the distinction for his staff.
“Towards a group like this, we have got to bury our possibilities early,” he stated. “Within the first half, we had a couple of possibilities, and even the second half, we had a few possibilities. However for those who don’t finish your possibilities, you do not win video games. I am very pleased with this group. It is in all probability one of the more gifted teams that I’ve coached. There’s lots of expertise that is coming into East Jefferson, so we’re not going to let this define who we are as a program. We’ll bounce again higher next yr.”
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