The St. Paul’s soccer team will be facing off against 8th ranked Grace King in the LHSAA Division I State Soccer Championship tonight at Tad Gormley Stadium in New Orleans, La., at 7:30 p.m.
St. Paul’s, ranked second going into the playoffs, is making their forth consecutive visit to the state game. Junior Team Captain Eric Guin said that the team’s confidence and cooperation will be the key factors to winning this weekend.
“I feel pretty confident, and I know the team feels pretty confident,” said Guin. “I think one of the big things that we have going for us this year is team chemistry. We have a lot of experience, and we get along pretty well on and off the field.”
Last Saturday, the Wolves advanced to the state game by beating the team that has kept them from the state title the past two years, the Jesuit Blue Jays. SPS won over Jesuit 2-0.
“It was huge, mentally, to win over Jesuit. It’s something we haven’t done in the past few years,” Guin said.
Instead of the Wolves facing off against the Blue Jays in the state game, which has been the match-up for the past three state title games, SPS will face off against Grace King from Metairie, La. Guin said that the Wolves have to play up to Grace King’s intensity in order to win the game.
“[Grace King wants] to win pretty bad; we have to match their confidence and drive going into the game,” Guin said.
Guin also notes that maintaining a level head is of great importance in terms of preparation for game day.
“We can’t be too cocky. We need to be humble and just prepare for the game just like we would for any other,” he said.
St. Paul’s sister school, St. Scholastica Academy, is also a regular contender for the state championship and will again be battling for the title tonight in the girls division match-up against Lafayette High School.
St. Paul’s invites the school community to come out to Tad Gormley Stadium this evening and support both SSA and SPS as the Doves battle Lafayette at 5:00 p.m. and the Soccer Wolves take on Grace King at 7:30 p.m.