Thirteen parish soccer players make All-Metro

Kyle Riviere
East Ascension senior Valeria Gonzalez was a first-team All-Metro selection. Photo by DKMoon Photography.

It’s never too late to honor great athletes.

The soccer season came to a close a long time ago, but the players that made the year so special are still getting rewarded. Recently, the boy’s and girl’s soccer All-Metro teams were released for the Baton Rouge area.

Altogether, there were 13 soccer players from Ascension Parish that made the cut.

The boy’s team was highlighted by St. Amant’s Briggs Bourgeois—who closes out his career as one of the most acclaimed soccer players the area has ever seen.

Bourgeois has made the All-Metro team all four years at St. Amant, and this season, he was named the Division-I Outstanding Player.

He spearheaded a tremendous effort by the Gators in 2016-17, an effort that resulted in a 17-2-4 regular season and back-to-back district titles. That was the first time the program had ever accomplished that feat.

St. Amant would go on to reach the state quarterfinals for the first time since 2011.

Head coach Adrian Garcia said that Bourgeois could “do it all” and that as long as they had him, they had a chance to win.

The proof was in the pudding. This past season, he scored 24 goals and dished out 21 assists—many of which came on long and proficient throws-ins.

In addition to being on the All-Metro team, Bourgeois was named the district’s MVP for a fourth straight season, and he was also named the state’s Offensive MVP.

His teammate, Hector Rodriguez made the All-Metro team for a third straight season. Rodriguez has earned the district’s Defensive MVP in back-to-back years.

Dutchtown had a great season that saw them finish 16-1-4 during the regular season, en route to runner-up honors in the district.

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.

Griffin senior forward Alex Sheets was the catalyst for much of their success as he scored 23 goals and dished out 25 assists.

Sheets was a first-team All-Metro selection. He was also this year’s district Offensive MVP and first-team All-State.

Senior forward Edgar Moyron led East Ascension to another playoff appearance as he scored 26 goals.

Moyron was first-team All-Metro, along with first-team all-district and second-team All-State honors.

Two parish players were first-team All-Metro selections on the Division III, IV team.

Both of these standouts played on an Ascension Christian squad that won a district championship and reached the playoffs.

Ian Carter scored 24 goals this past season and collected 14 assists. The senior was also named the district’s Overall MVP and second-team All-State.

Teammate Logan St. Pierre was also first-team All-Metro on the strength of 18 goals and 14 assists.

Seven parish athletes made the girl’s All-Metro first team.

St. Amant had a tremendous season as they won a district championship for the first time in 12 years and then reached the second round of the playoffs.

Sophomore Adelaide Gaffney led the charge all season for the Lady Gators as she scored 33 goals and dished out 26 assists.

For her efforts, she was named All-Metro Co-Offensive MVP, along with Central’s Raghan Walker.

Other honors for Gaffney included the district’s Overall MVP and the only Ascension girl’s soccer player to make the All-State team.

Fellow sophomore teammate Mya Guillory also made first-team All-Metro after scoring 27 goals and collecting 28 assists. Guillory was also named the district’s Offensive MVP in 2016-17.

Dutchtown had two players claim first-team All-Metro honors. The Lady Griffins were runners-up in the district and reached the second round of the playoffs this past season.

Senior Bailey Cyprowski was All-Metro, along with first-team all-district. She is a Mississippi College signee.

Teammate Riley Ely also made the first team.

East Ascension had three players claim first-team All-Metro honors after upsetting 14th-seeded West Monroe in a wild first-round playoff game.

Senior forward Valeria Gonzalez scored 17 goals and dished out 14 assists this season in claiming her spot on the team.

Junior goalkeeper Maggie Britton was also a first-team selection after pitching 11 shutouts during the regular season.

They were joined by junior defender Michaela Speligene.

Lady Spartan head coach Chris Goodall was named the All-Metro team’s Coach of the Year.

Goodall resigned at the end of the year after coaching East Ascension for 15 seasons. During that time, he led the program to 214 wins.

Jennifer Franklin has been hired by the school to succeed Goodall.