The 2017-18 girl's soccer season was one of the best Ascension Parish has seen in a long time.
The 2017-18 girl’s soccer season was one of the best Ascension Parish has seen in a long time.
All three Division-I teams reached the playoffs. Dutchtown reached the second round of the postseason, and St. Amant made a memorable run all the way to the state semifinals.
Even though it was the Lady Gators that made the lengthiest playoff march, it was the Lady Griffins that won District 5. In a late-season matchup with St. Amant, Dutchtown fought back from a 3-1 deficit to score three second-half goals and clinch the victory.
Overall, the Lady Griffins went 17-6-3 during the regular season and headed into the postseason as the No. 16 seed.
In the opening round, they blanked Sulphur, 4-0, but they were eliminated by top-seeded Acadiana in regionals.
Dutchtown had the most All-District 5 selections with 11.
Two sophomores made the first team in Delaney Zybko and Bailey Fournet. Fournet was also named the district’s Defensive MVP.
Joining them on the first unit were junior Riley Ely and senior Sarah Guedry.
There were three more talented Lady Griffin sophomores on the second team. These three youngsters were Alyssa Abbott, Katie Crochet and Gabbie Spriggs.
There were also three juniors—Kayla Bougere, Kyra Coleman and Caryn Bonadona.
Senior Cassie Louque rounded out Dutchtown’s all-district selections as she made honorable mention.
Longtime head coach Anant Vyas was honored with the distinction of district Coach of the Year.
St. Amant was close behind the Lady Griffins with nine all-district selections of their own.
What a season it turned out to be for the Lady Gators. They finished 12-3-2 during the regular season, and though they fell short of winning back-to-back district titles, they still garnered the No. 4 seed in the playoffs.
St. Amant mercy-ruled No. 13 Airline in the second round and squeezed by fifth-seeded Byrd, 1-0, to punch their ticket to the state semifinals for the first time since 2004.
There, they fell just short to Mandeville, 2-1.
Headlining St. Amant’s first-team all-district selections were their two junior standouts in Adelaide Gaffney and Mya Guillory.
For the second straight season, Guillory was named the district’s Offensive MVP. She scored five goals in the playoffs.
After she scored their lone goal in their quarterfinal win, head coach Joleigh Hartman said of her, “She’s just a leader for us. She’s one of the girls that if the’s on, we’re on. It’s not just about us needing her as a goal; we need her as a player, no matter what.”
Gaffney scored three postseason goals. For the second straight year, she was named the district’s Overall MVP.
“Addie is someone that is just special to this program because of her talent and her raw ability to just break free,” Hartman said. “I call her the ‘horse of the team.’ She basically has a wagon, and she’s pulling it. My hat goes off to her, because she’s non-stop.”
Joining Gaffney and Guillory on the first team was freshman Rachel Cretini.
Two senior Lady Gators made the second team in Claire Sheets and Maya Lastrapes, along with junior Kaylynn Broussard.
Juniors Karlie Delhommer and Madison Morgan and freshman Kayla Murillo were all honorable mention selections.
In Jennifer Franklin’s first season as the head coach at East Ascension, the Lady Spartans went 11-7-2 during the regular season and made the playoffs. In the opening round, they were beaten by 10th-seeded Northshore.
East Ascension saw six players make the all-district team. This included two first-team selections.
The first-teamers were seniors Michaela Speligene and Maylen Mire. Mire recently signed with Louisiana College.
Two more seniors made the second team in goalkeeper Maggie Britton and Hannah Bernard. They were joined by sophomore Melisse Speligene.
Finally, senior Elizabeth Austin was an honorable mention selection.