Destrehan will attempt to move on to round two of the boys soccer postseason for the fourth time in five seasons Saturday as it hosts East Ascension at Wildcat Stadium, the teams kicking off the action at 3:30 p.m.
DHS earned the No. 11 seed in Division I, earning the Wildcats a first round home playoff matchup for the second straight season. Destrehan was able to do so while moving up in classification, moving from Division II to Division I this season. Last season, the Wildcats were the No. 13 seed among Division II boys, and defeated Natchitoches Central 5-0 before bowing out in round two to No. 4 Beau Chene, 2-1, in sudden death overtime.
East Ascension enters Saturday’s game with a record of 11-8-4. It enters the playoffs on a run of three straight losses, but those losses came to a handful of the state’s toughest teams: Dutchtown (4), St. Amant (7) and Central Lafourche (12) comprise three of Division I’s top 12 seeds.
Destrehan, meanwhile, has won five matches in a row and carries a record of 14-6-2 into the postseason. The Wildcats played a tough schedule this season, which has been a habit for the program and a likely reason why Destrehan has long been a thorn for higher seeded teams in the playoffs. In addition to the tight Beau Chene match last season, Destrehan gave Ouachita Parish a tough battle in a 2-0 loss in round two of last year’s postseason. And in 2016, a nationally ranked Mandeville team edged Destrehan 2-1 in round two, scoring just before time expired in that one.
But on Saturday, Destrehan is the hosting team, and must ward off a Spartans squad with its own designs on an upset.