It's no big secret, Ascension's three Division-I soccer teams run District 5.
It’s no big secret, Ascension’s three Division-I soccer teams run District 5.
So, it comes as no surprise that another season has ended with parish standouts stacked from top to bottom in the first and second units of the All-District 5 team.
Headlining the Ascension squads was St. Amant. They had a parish-best eight selections spread throughout the first and second teams.
The Gators just had another phenomenal year.
They went 23-1-1 during the regular season. This included a come-from-behind 3-2 victory over Dutchtown that assured them a third straight district championship. That was a feat that had never been accomplished by the program.
They entered the playoffs as the No. 5 seed and reached the state quarterfinals for the second straight season. It was there that their run ended with a 3-2 road loss to fourth-seeded Lafayette.
After losing four-time league MVP Briggs Bourgeois, St. Amant was faced with the task of replacing their top offensive catalyst.
Enter Angelo Fabricio.
The Brazilian exchange student joined the Gators and instantly become one of the top players in the state.
During the season, head coach Adrian Garcia said that they would “ride him as much as we can.” They did just that.
Fabricio ended up scoring more than 30 goals and was named the District 5 Overall MVP.
He might have gotten all the headlines for his offensive mastery, but senior Hector Rodriguez quietly proved to be one of the best defensive players in high-school soccer.
For the third straight season, he was named the district’s Defensive MVP.
Also making the all-district first team were senior goalkeeper Brenden David and juniors Caleb Cretini and Matthew Parker.
Their final first-team selection was a talented freshman in Tyler Bridgewater that gave teams fits all season with his supreme speed and athleticism.
Juniors Henry Ecker and David Barbera both made the second team.
Garcia was named the District 5 Coach of the Year.
Dutchtown went an impressive 15-2-1 during the regular season and finished as the district runner-up.
The Griffins made the playoffs as a nine-seed and reached the second round, before losing on the road to No. 8 Northshore.
Five Dutchtown players made the District 5 first and second teams.
Scintillating sophomore Zayne Zezulka was named the league’s Offensive MVP. Zezulka was always a threat to score from anywhere on the field.
Griffin head coach Rene Bourgeois said this about Zezulka after he scored a hat trick during the district season: “Offensively, he’s a spark plug. He’s almost like a point guard, in a basketball sense. We try to get it to him. He works the middle, he works angles on the outside, and when he gets the ball at his feet anywhere from the top of the 18 to the PK spot, he’s deadly. If you give him enough room, he’s gonna fire it, and it’s gonna go in.”
Also making the first team for Dutchtown were seniors Alec Snell and Sethan Ward.
Snell was a great two-way player for the Griffins. Defensively, he often locked on to the opposing team’s best players, and offensively, he often set Dutchtown up with prime scoring opportunities with his powerful and precise throw-ins.
The second-team selections were senior goalkeeper Christian Carrillo and junior Carter Roussel.
East Ascension had four players make the first and second teams. All of which were seniors.
The Spartans went 16-8-2 during the regular season and entered the playoffs as the No. 20 seed. In the opening round, they lost a tough 1-0 decision to 13th-seeded Grace King on the road.
Erick Ponce, Luis Guadiana and Brandon Shanklin all made the first team, while EJ Morales was a second-team selection.