The Bossier Bearkats made school history Wednesday by defeating North Vermilion 3-1 in double overtime in the Division III boys quarterfinals.
The victory put Bossier into the soccer semifinals for the first time. The No. 4 seed Bearkats (19-2-3) will seek another history-making victory against No. 1 Vandebilt Catholic (21-4-2) at 1 p.m. Saturday in Houma.
The winner will take on the winner of the other semifinal between No. 2 University Lab and No. 3 Lusher Charter in the state championship game Feb. 15 at Southeastern Louisiana,
The Bearkats are traveling to South Louisiana for the second time in three days. The trip to Houma, located not far from the Gulf coast, is just over 300 miles.
Bossier received a first-round bye in the playoffs. The Bearkats defeated No. 13 Haynes Academy 5-0 in the second round and then North Vermilion.
Kelvis Cristales scored two goals, including one in overtime. Jorge Alfaro scored the second goal in overtime. Hilder Quintanilla had two assists.
Vandebilt Catholic also received a first-round bye. The Terriers defeated No. 16 Parkview Baptist 6-1 in the second round and No. 9 Leesville 4-0 in the quarterfinals.
This won’t be the first time the Bearkats and Terriers have faced off in the playoffs. Vandebilt Catholic defeated Bossier 8-0 in the quarterfinals two years ago.
That was Bossier’s first quarterfinal appearance since 2009, when Head Coach Orlando Medellin was a member of the team.
Vandebilt Catholic is one of the state’s traditional soccer powers. The Terriers have won eight state championships and finished runner-up eight times since soccer became an LHSAA sport in the 1986-87 school year.
Medellin knows his team will be the underdog, but he said it’s a confident group that has been playing together for a long time.
“We have kids that grew up playing the game,” he said after the victory over North Vermillion. “I think the discipline we do our game why not, I think hopefully we can have a good game and a good result on Saturday.”