Soccer: Benton boys advance to 2nd round; Parkway girls play Tuesday

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Russell Hedges

rhedges@bossierpress.com

 

Neither rain nor sleet nor snow could keep the Benton Tigers from advancing to the second round of the Division II boys soccer playoffs Friday night at Tinsley Park.

The Tigers defeated Belle Chasse 2-0 in the wintry weather with the temperature hovering around freezing.

Benton (19-5) will play No. 3 seed Vandebilt Catholic (15-5-4) in Houma at 5 p.m. Wednesday for a berth in the quarterfinals. Vandebilt received a bye in the first round. Belle Chasse ended its season 7-9.

Ethan Whitehead and Dillon Rogers scored the Tigers’ goals. Whitehead had the assist on Rogers’ goal. It was Rogers’ 39th goal on the season.

Jeff Thomas/Press-Tribune Benton's Edwin Lopez controls the ball during the Tigers' 2-0 victory over Belle Chasse in the Division II boys soccer playoffs Friday at Tinsley Park.
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Benton’s Edwin Lopez controls the ball during the Tigers’ 2-0 victory over Belle Chasse in the Division II boys soccer playoffs Friday at Tinsley Park.

Benton coach Bryan George said goalkeeper Mitchell Matthews, who had six saves, was the MVP of the game.

“He played an amazing game,” George said

He also praised the defensive play of Edwin Lopez, JB Mercer, Rayne Duque and Cole Grimes.

Elsewhere, the Airline Vikings and Bossier Bearkats lost first-round road games.

Airline, the No. 24 seed in Division I, fell to No. 9 Mandeville 4-0. Bossier, the No. 29 seed in Division III, lost to No. 4 Episcopal 8-0 in Baton Rouge.

Airline finished 14-9-1, and Bossier finished 6-12-2.

The Parkway Lady Panthers (13-6-2), seeded No. 21, will try for their second straight upset in the Division I girls playoffs when they host No. 5 Dominican (17-4-4) at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday at Tinsley Park.

Parkway defeated No. 12 Acadiana 3-2 in double overtime last Thursday in Lafayette. Dominican defeated No. 28 Destrehan 8-0 in the first round.

Mackenzie Kleinpeter leads the Lady Panthers with 23 goals. Madeline Wheelahan has 15.