Nine parish soccer players make All-State
The 2017-18 soccer season proved to be one of great success throughout Ascension Parish.
All seven teams reached the postseason. Once in the playoffs, five of the seven won at least one game.
These widespread accomplishments led to dozens of parish players making all-district teams, but when it comes to All-State, only the best of the best can make the cut.
As it turns out, nine Ascension soccer players made the Louisiana High School Coaches Association’s All-State teams.
Seven of the standouts that achieved these honors were boys.
In Division I, two representatives on the first team were from St. Amant.
The Gators had another tremendous year. They went a superb 23-1-1 during the regular season and captured a school record third straight district championship.
St. Amant headed into the playoffs as the No. 5 seed and made a second straight run to the state quarterfinals, before losing on the road to fourth-seeded Lafayette.
Leading the charge for the Gators offensively was Brazilian exchange student Angelo Fabricio.
Fabricio was one of the most dangerous offensive weapons in the state. He scored more than 30 goals.
This led to him being named the District 5 Overall MVP, and now, the senior has been named the LHSCA Offensive MVP.
Fabricio was joined on the All-State first team by fellow senior Hector Rodriguez.
While Fabricio was the catalyst for the Gator offensive attack, Rodriguez served as the team’s best defender. He was named the District 5 Defensive Player of the Year for a third straight season.
Though St. Amant had the most success on the field, it was Dutchtown that came away with the most LHSCA All-State selections. They placed three on the Division-I squad.
The Griffins went 15-2-1 during the regular season and finished as district runners-up. Dutchtown went on to reach the second round of the playoffs, where they were bounced by No. 8 Northshore.
Like Dutchtown, St. Amant had a prolific scorer in Zane Zezulka. In addition to being named the District 5 Offensive MVP, the sophomore phenom was named first-team All-State.
Griffin head coach Rene Bourgeois called Zezulka a “spark plug.” He went on to say of 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.”
Two Dutchtown standouts were second-team selections in seniors Alec Snell and Sethan Ward.
In Division IV, Ascension Christian had their most successful season in their young program’s history as they won their first ever playoff game.
In that victory, Logan St. Pierre was sensational, scoring three goals.
The hat trick led to a 7-0 drubbing that pushed the Lions through to the second round. There, they lost to top-seeded Episcopal of Acadiana.
St. Pierre set a school record for most goals in a single season with 25. It led to him being named first-team All-State.
Teammate Bodhi Linton was a second-team All-State selection.
Two parish girls made the LHSCA All-State team. Both were St. Amant juniors.
The Lady Gators had their best season in over a decade as they finished as district runners-up, earned a No. 4 playoff seeding and reached the state semifinals. It was their first semifinal appearance since 2004.
There, they fell just short of the title game, losing to Mandeville, 2-1.
Both Adelaide Gaffney and Mya Guillory were first-team All-State selections.
Guillory was named this year’s District 5 Offensive MVP, while Gaffney was named the district’s Overall MVP.
St. Amant head coach Joleigh Hartman said of Gaffney, “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.”