Try defending a returning Division II Most Valuable player and the alternative when playing the Beau Chene boys soccer team is contending with another talented forward.
That’s the dilemma confronting the Gators’ opponents this season, says BCHS head coach Chris Vidrine.
Senior Brock Hollier scored his 100th career goal against Morgan City this past week and now he’s paired in the Beau Chene attack with Trent Webb, an Acadiana High transfer who gives the Gators a double scoring threat, said Vidrine.
“Teams we play have always tried to double team Brock and now when they do, it frees Trent to lead the offense,” Vidrine said.
Three starters departed off the Gators’ Division II finalist team that lost to St. Louis.
Vidrine said the Gators have just reloaded with more talent this year and perhaps have a more overall talented team.
“With the double threat we have up front, we have no trouble scoring. We are going to put points up,” Vidrine said.
The Gators are 8-2-2 after beating Morgan City and finishing second in last weekend’s COPA Acadiana Tournament hosted by BCHS.
Vidrine said the Gators might have a more complete team than the one that played for a division title in March.
“Even though we have more offense, I think defensively as a whole, we’re also solid. We have Seth Dohmann and Reese Smith returning as defenders and although we have a new starting goalie, I think we will be all right there too,” Vidrine said.
The Gators’ goalkeeper is Briley Dronet, who started on Beau Chene’s junior varsity team last season.
“Briley’s getting better. He really has a lot of experience with club soccer and in that league he has always played up a year,” Vidrine said.
Overall the Gators have more talent than any other team in Vidrine’s eight seasons as the Beau Chene coach.
“I feel this is by far the most talented team that I’ve had. This group also plays the best as a team than any that I’ve had.
“The seniors on this team learned a lot last year when we went to New Orleans (for the state finals) and ever since then, they have really had a desire to come back there and win it.
“When we walked off the field last year after finishing second, the players were already talking about this season and getting back to the championship game,” Vidrine said.
Last year, Beau Chene finished 22-5-5 after starting fast and then losing several games before the start of the state playoffs.
Once the Gators reached postseason they regained their momentum, said Vidrine.