High school boys soccer: Bossier aims for upset, spot in Division III semifinals

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The Bossier Bearkats will be aiming for an upset and a spot in the Division III semifinals against No. 1 seed Vandebilt Catholic in Houma on Tuesday.

The match starts at 5 p.m.

Regardless of the outcome, it’s been an incredible season for the Bearkats, the last Bossier Parish team remaining in the playoffs.

Bossier, the No. 8 seed, improved to 21-2-1 with a 1-0 second-round victory over No. 9 New Orleans Military & Maritime last Thursday.

Marquis Harris scored the goal at the 24-minute mark of the first half after Rico St. Fleur’s free kick from about 30 yards out.

“I give all the credit to the players who played very hard for 80-plus minutes,” Bossier coach Orlando Medellin said. “We are really excited about the quarterfinals. We haven’t been there since 2009 when coach (Hunter) Pipes was coaching at Bossier. I believe we can keep moving forward as long as we keep doing our game.”

Bossier’s second-round match was very physical, Medellin said.

“I felt like our defense played a better game than NOMMA,” Medellin said. “We made a few mistakes in the back but our goalie Coleman Beeson was able to show up for us with four or five key saves.”

Vanderbilt Catholic (20-3-8), a traditional soccer power, defeated No. 16 Sterlington 4-0 in the second round.

The Terriers are in District 7 with New Orleans Military & Maritime. They played to a scoreless tie in their district match.

Vandebilt Catholic reached the semifinals last year after winning the state championship in 2018. The Terriers also won the Division II title in 2015.