POSTED: Monday, February 18, 2013 - 10:00pm
UPDATED: Tuesday, February 19, 2013 - 2:38pm
BATON ROUGE, LA (NBC33) — A year ago at this time the Episcopal boy’s soccer team was at home after a quick elimination from the state tournament. That team was young. They started ten sophomores and one junior. This season they are a bit more experienced and battle-tested.
“We felt like there was unfinished business last year,” said midfielder Austin Couvillion.
“We thought that we could come back stronger and make it to state," added senior William James.
Most of the time a statement like that is only wishful thinking. In this case, it’s exactly what happened.
The team credits team chemistry as their main key to success.
“We have all played together and we've known each other forever," Couvillion said.
“It’s a big thing. They are always coming over to my house and playing video games so it makes it easier to play together on the field," said James.
Their head coach agrees.
“Off the field these guys are really good friends and they hang out a lot,” Chris Stewart said.
They are now just days away from their first ever state title game. The second-seeded Knights hope they’ve found the right formula for one last game.
“At this point you can’t do much more physical stuff, you just sharpen stuff up and be mentally prepared,” Stewart said.
Friday, Feb. 22, Episcopal will take on top-seeded Newman for the Division III state championship. The game is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. at Tad Gormley Stadium in New Orleans.