The VC soccer team made history Thursday night by winning the school’s first-ever playoff game. VC beat Rapides, 2-0.
Vermilion Catholic soccer team advances
Vermilion Catholic head soccer coach Travis Blaize keeps reminding his soccer team, every time they do something great, it is a milestone for the soccer program.
Soccer is only in its third year of existence at VC, and this year’s team is making history each time they step on the field.
For starters, the Eagles soccer team won a school-record 12 matches. Another milestone is the Eagles played their first-ever playoff soccer match at home in Eagle Stadium on Thursday. In front of a home crowd, the No. 7 Eagles won their first-ever soccer playoff match with a 2-0 win over No. 10 Rapides.
“I keep telling the kids that they are making history because this is a young program,” said Blaize. “I told them that there will be another you. For example, this is the first team that won a first playoff game. There will never be another VC soccer team who can say that.”
VC moves on to the third round to play No. 2 Catholic High of New Iberia in the quarterfinal round of the Division IV playoffs. The match is scheduled for Tuesday at 6 p.m. in New Iberia. The two teams played one another in a 2-2 tie earlier in the season.
“The kids are excited to be playing Catholic High,” said Blaize. Two years ago, they beat us 7-0. This year it was a 2-2 tie. VC is not intimidated to play Catholic High.”
On Thursday, in front of a large and loud crowd, the Eagles’ soccer team was motivated.
VC scored its first point on a corner kick by Ethan Motty. Motty, a senior who leads the team in assists, has become VC’s go-to corner-kick player. His corner kicks have given him nine assists on the year. Thursday night, Motty’s floater deflected off a Rapides’ player and went into the goal.
Motty also had a part in VC’s second goal in the first half. At the center of the field, a group of Rapides’ players crowded Motty. Motty kicked it Moe Maxile, who was running downfield. Motty led Maxile with his pass, enabling Maxile to continue sprinting down the field. Maxile kicked it past the Rapides’ goalie. Maxile has made at least nine goals this year and only four have been made with his feet. The other five were with his head.
The Eagles led 2-0 at half time.
In the second half, Felix Joseph, VC’s goalie, was called on to shut Rapides down. The 6-foot, 2-inch Joseph, whose teammates call “Ogre” because of his size, did his job and did not allow a goal.
Helping Joseph were defenders Jacob Noegel, Jude Roger, Matt Derouen and Jack Henry.