Parish soccer players make All-State

Kyle Riviere
St. Amant's Hector Rodriguez (left) was first-team All-State, while East Ascension's Edgar Moyron (right) was second team. Photo by DKMoon Photography.

Sure, the soccer season in Ascension Parish was thrilling and highly successful and many of the area’s best players filled the all-district teams, but the excitement isn’t over quite yet.

Recently, the All-State soccer squads were released and six players from Ascension made the cut.

The St. Amant boys had the most selections with two. It’s no surprise considering the great season the Gators had in 2016-17.

The Gators went 17-2-4 during the regular season and won back-to-back district championships for the first time in school history.

In the playoffs, St. Amant earned the highest postseason seeding in the parish at No. 8 and reached the quarterfinals. It was the first time they had reached that point since 2011.

Leading the charge for the Gators was Briggs Bourgeois. Bourgeois was named the District 5 Overall MVP for the fourth straight season, but his accolades didn’t end there.

Bourgeois was not only a first-team All-State selection, he was also named Division I’s Offensive MVP.

This year, he did it all for the Gators. Not only was he dangerous with his feet, as a scorer, but he proved to be lethal with his arms. Dutchtown head coach Rene Bourgeois said that the MVP’s throw-ins come “at you like a dart.”

During the season, St. Amant head coach Adrian Garcia said of his senior star: “Briggs Bourgeois is just fantastic. You see what he can do—not just with his feet, but with his activity and his throw-ins. With that guy, we’re in every game.”

Joining Bourgeois on the All-State first team was teammate Hector Rodriguez. Rodriguez was also recently named District 5’s Defensive MVP for the second straight season.

District foe Dutchtown also had a stellar season.

The Griffins were ranked in the top five for much of the year and finished as district runner-up after tying St. Amant in the regular-season finale.

They ended the regular season with an overall record of 16-1-4. Once in the playoffs, they reached the second round, before losing to Mandeville. Mandeville was responsible for the Griffins’ only two losses of the year.

The catalyst for much of Dutchtown’s success throughout the season was Alex Sheets. In addition to being named District 5’s Offensive MVP, Sheets was also a first-team All-State selection.

Edgar Moyron helped lead East Ascension to the playoffs for the second straight season.

The Spartans finished the regular season with a 14-7-3 record.

In the postseason, East Ascension reached the second round, before losing to fourth-seeded Jesuit—a team that eventually reached the state semifinals.

Moyron was second team All-State.

In Division IV, Ascension Christian had a tremendous season as they finished 9-5-2 and captured a district title.

They also made the playoffs, before losing to St. Charles in the opening round.

Much of the Lions’ success hinged on Ian Carter. Not only was Carter named District 4’s Overall MVP, he was a second-team selection on the Division IV All-State team.

Finally, there was one girl’s soccer player in Ascension to make All-State, and that distinction went to St. Amant’s Adelaide Gaffney.

The Lady Gators experienced one of their most successful years in program history. They finished the regular season with an overall record of 15-6-1. This included a nine-game winning streak heading into the playoffs.

The Lady Gators went undefeated in district play. This led to them capturing their first district championship in 12 years.

For the second straight season, they won a first-round playoff game, defeating Comeaux, 2-1, before falling to St. Joseph’s Academy in the next round.

Gaffney was the key to much of St. Amant’s success.

After the Lady Gators’ district championship victory over Dutchtown that saw Gaffney score two goals, head coach Joleigh Hartman said of her, “I give all the credit to my sophomore, Adelaide Gaffney. She has definitely been a playmaker for us this season. She just works hard. She’s been working hard ever since she was a little girl to play soccer, and it shows. You can tell she puts in a lot of hours to be the best soccer player.”

Gaffney was District 5’s Overall MVP, and she was a first-team All-State selection.