ESJ wins two

Published 12:00 am Friday, December 9, 2011



RESERVE — East St. John’s boys soccer team evened out its record this week with a pair of victories, as the Wildcats downed district foe Ehret, 1-0, on Tuesday and felled St. Charles last Saturday, 6-3.

Andrew Alexander broke a scoreless tie in the second half of the Ehret game, scoring what would be the game’s lone goal and game winner.

“It was a defensive struggle,” said East St. John coach Paul Dupuy. “Ehret has some really good defensive players. They weren’t quite as fast as we were, but they made up for that with their skill. We had a lot of opportunities but they were up to the task.”

Dupuy said that his bunch must step up their offensive attack, but that he is happy with the group’s progress. Last year’s Wildcats (3-3) team was laden with experience. This year sees a number of first-year players taking the field.

“The great thing about it is we’ve got a lot of guys with tremendous athleticism and enthusiasm,” he said. “And they battle.”

This year the team is led offensively by Andrew Alexander, one of the team’s leading goal scorers a year ago, and Tremand McQuater, the football team’s placekicker and a senior getting his first chance to start.

McQuater, Dupuy said, has shown a lot in his first chance to play.

“He’s an exceptional athlete that plays soccer all year round,” said Dupuy. “He’s one to watch.”

The Wildcats scored all six of their goals in the second half to defeat St. Charles, which led 1-0 at halftime.

Tremand McQuater scored twice to pace East St. John. Jeremy Piper, Alexander and Lynndeiz Fluence also each scored goals for ESJ, which led 6-1 at one point in the second half.

For the Comets, Austin Allen, Andre St. Martin and Mason Roussel each scored goals.

“I thought we had a little more speed, and that (SCC) started to tire in the second half,” said Dupuy. “We started getting opportunities in the second half. They were missing a number of their football guys, too.”