Eight parish soccer players make All-Metro teams

Kyle Riviere
kriviere@weeklycitizen.com
St. Amant's Angelo Fabricio was a first-team All-Metro selection after scoring 39 goals. Photo by Kyle Riviere.

The soccer season has long been in the rearview mirror, but the athletes that made the year so special are still being honored.

Many of these stars are from Ascension Parish, and they were represented on the boy’s Baton Rouge area All-Metro soccer teams.

St. Amant led all parish boy’s teams with three selections on the Division-I & II team.

Leading the charge was senior forward Angelo Fabricio. The Brazilian exchange-student is an LSU-Eunice signee.

Fabricio scored 39 goals this season, which was second in the state, and he dished out 21 assists. That ranked him in the Louisiana top five.

These gaudy numbers led to him being named the District-5 Overall MVP and the Louisiana Sports Writers Association All-State team’s Offensive MVP.

Teammate Hector Rodriguez also made the All-Metro squad. The senior defender will be teammates with Fabricio once again at LSU-Eunice.

Rodriguez has been the District-5 Defensive Player of the Year three straight seasons, and he has been an All-State performer during all four years of high school.

Another Gator making the All-Metro team was senior goalkeeper Brendan David. David helped limit opponents to one goal or less in 23 of the Gators’ 27 games.

Head coach Adrian Garcia was named the All-Metro team’s Coach of the Year. He was also the District-5 Coach of the Year.

Garcia led St. Amant to a stellar 23-1-1 regular-season record, a third straight district championship and a second straight trip to the state quarterfinals.

Dutchtown placed two on the All-Metro squad.

The Griffins had another terrific season under head coach Rene Bourgeois as they went 15-2-1 during the regular season, finished as district runners-up and reached the second round of the playoffs.

Much of their success hinged on the offensive wizardry of talented sophomore midfielder Zayne Zezulka. Zezulka was nearly impossible to defend as he scored 29 goals. He also dished out six assists.

He was also named the District 5 Offensive MVP.

Joining Zezulka on the All-Metro first team was senior forward Sethan Ward. Ward concluded his high-school career with a tremendous season that saw him score 16 goals and distribute 11 assists.

Rounding out the rest of the Division I & II parish selections was East Ascension senior forward Erick Ponce.

Ponce was an offensive maven throughout the year as he piled up 27 goals. He added eight assists.

He helped lead the Spartans to a 16-8-2 record during the regular season and a playoff appearance.

On the Division III & IV All-Metro squad, two area players made the first team. These two standouts were Ascension Christian’s Logan St. Pierre and Bodhi Linton.

The Lions experienced the greatest season in their young program’s history in 2017-18, as they won their first-ever playoff game.

St. Pierre was the catalyst to much of their success. The junior forward set a new school record for most goals in a single season with 27. He also contributed five assists.

Linton, a sophomore defender, was another driving force behind the Lions’ success. He scored nine goals and added 10 assists during the season.