The Hahnville boys soccer team used a big second half to knock off East St. John on Friday, picking up a 2-1 victory.
The first half of play was very fast paced with multiple possession changes. The Tigers struck first with good aggressive play by sophomore Reid Gautreaux, who brought the ball into enemy territory before crossing it to junior Bryan Bennett, who scored.
But towards the end of the first half East St. John got on the board with a tough goal through the heart of the Tiger defense.
The teams headed into the second half tied at 1-1.
Both teams applied lots of pressure in the second, with the Tigers winning the possession battle and keeping the ball on the Wildcats side of the field for a majority of the period.
The Hahnville pressure resulted in multiple corner kick opportunities for the Tigers.
The Tigers game-clinching goal would come on a corner kick when Gautreaux again found Bennett to give Hahnville a 2-1 victory.
St. Amant 2 Hahnville 0
Coming into the St. Amant game, the Tigers knew they were facing a potent offense. In fact, St. Amant hung eight goals on Destrehan earlier this season.
St. Amant’s offensive attack was very persistent in the first half, but sophomore goalie Mason Boyer had several great saves to keep the game close. St. Amant would not let up though, and this pressure eventually resulted in a goal by junior Jaxon Lambert.
The half continued on with some good scoring opportunities by the Tigers from junior Bryan Bennett, but St. Amant’s goalie made some nice saves of his own to keep the Tigers off the score board.
With the Tigers trailing 1-0 in the second half, both teams increased their intensity.
The half was more balanced on possession between both teams. Junior Jonathan Schmaltz had a couple of scoring opportunities for the Tigers, but several good plays by the St. Amant defense denied Hahnville any goals.
St. Amant also had a number of opportunities in this second half, but Hahnville senior captain Austin Fremen constantly foiled their scoring efforts.
However, late in the second half St. Amant’s Lambert ripped a low corner shot. Boyer made a diving attempt to make the stop but the ball squeezed past him resulting in the second goal for the Gators. Shortly after that time ran out with the game ending at 2-0.
The Tigers are now 10-5-1 on the season with a 2-2 district record.
The Tigers will next travel to Dutchtown to battle the Griffins on Jan. 14.