Jesuit edges St. Paul’s in boys soccer final

Advocate staff photo by MATTHEW HINTONJesuit's Joseph Keeper, top right, celebrates his goal against St. Paul to make it 1-1 in the second period at the LHSAA's Division I boys soccer state championship at Tad Gormley Stadium in New Orleans on Saturday.
Advocate staff photo by MATTHEW HINTONJesuit's Joseph Keeper, top right, celebrates his goal against St. Paul to make it 1-1 in the second period at the LHSAA's Division I boys soccer state championship at Tad Gormley Stadium in New Orleans on Saturday.

NEW ORLEANS — Sebastian Pereira-Pinzon scored in overtime to give Jesuit a 2-1 victory over St. Paul’s in the Division I boys soccer final on Saturday night at Tad Gormley Stadium.

“I saw I was getting unmarked because they were playing zone, so I started floating and I thought this just might be my chance,” said Pinzon, a junior forward.

The two teams have met in three consecutive Division I state championships. St. Paul’s won in 2011. Last season, Jesuit rallied late to take the title.

Entering Saturday’s title game, neither team had allowed a score.

That changed when St. Paul’s Daniel Garraway scored on a header in the 16th minute. For Jesuit (20-4-2), a No. 2 seed, Joseph Kepper forced overtime with his header in the 58th minute.

“The last couple of years of this rivalry, if you lose, it’s such a bitter loss,” said Kepper, a senior captain. “The first year, we lost to them and if just left this terrible taste in our mouths. Last year, we beat them and I’m sure they had the same terrible taste. And so that just made the rivalry so much more intense.”

St. Paul’s, the No. 5 seed, ends the season at 22-3-1.

“We pride ourselves on the fact that we work on our fitness,” Jesuit coach Hubbie Collins said. “I think at the end of the game, we were a little bit stronger. They had some players that were cramping; it was kind of a humid night our here. But we were just a little bit stronger at the end.”