Hahnville, Destrehan face off in district finale

Wildcats knock off Tigers in second overtime

While Hahnville defeated Destrehan the first time these two teams faced off, the Wildcats gained the upper hand in the second match.

Playing in the season finale for both teams, Destrehan used an early goal in the second overtime period to knock off the Tigers 2-1 on Friday night. Games between Destrehan and Hahnville always seem to bring out the best in both teams, and that was the case yet again.

Most of these players are teammates on the various travel teams in St. Charles Parish. Although when the whistle blows, the players go at each other pretty hard. 

Friday night the Tigers seemed to come out a little flat to start the game and the Wildcats took advantage by getting on the board first with a goal by Justin Hymel on a corner kick. 

From that point on, there was plenty of emotion, and a lot of extremely physical play, by both teams. In fact, the referee had to stop the game multiple times to caution players for rough play. 

The half would end with the Wildcats up 1-0.

In the second half, both teams had plenty of scoring opportunities, but the goalies came up big with multiple saves.  Late in the second half the Tigers were given a corner kick that was taken by Reid Gautreaux.

Gautreaux placed the ball nicely across the front of the goal. Tiger Brody Samaha  charged and struck a perfect header, putting the ball in the back of the net. 

Time would expire in regulation with both teams locked at 1-1.

In the first overtime, there was plenty of physical play, and though both squads had opportunities to score, neither got on the board.

That sent the game into the second overtime and Wildcat freshman Jacob Johnson would seal the win.

Johnson took possession of the ball just past midfield and jumped over a Tiger slide tackle, which gave him a clear line to the goal. Johnson’s shot found it’s way past the rest of the Tiger defenders and the Tiger goalie for the score. 

With less than five minutes to play, Destrehan dropped to a defensive stance to hold on to the rivalry win.

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