Louisiana soccer coaches association all-state teams _lowres

Advocate staff photo by HEATHER MCCLELLAND -- Thomas Kobetz

It’s not easy to be a double threat in soccer, but University High’s Thomas Kobetz pulled it off in a big way. The senior led the Cubs to a Division III, District 7 title and a berth in the semifinals. Kobetz proved he could not only take the shots, but also could dish the ball off to teammates. He led UHS with 36 goals and tied for the team lead in assists with 18.

Coach of the Year

Chris Thorne, Denham Springs

There are breakout seasons, and then there’s what Thorne’s Yellow Jackets did in 2014-15. Denham Springs finished 29-5-1, winning the Division I, District 4 title. Thorne’s team then became the first Livingston Parish school to advance to the soccer quarterfinals.

First team

Zach Boothe, Denham Springs

Center back, Sr.

A facilitator for the area’s top teams, Boothe earned Division I All-State and Metro honors after scoring seven goals and contributing 14 assists.

Briggs Bourgeois, St. Amant

Forward, So.

One of the area’s top offensive players and a two-time All-Metro pick, Bourgeois earned Division I all-state honors after scoring 23 goals to go with 16 assists.

Josh Campbell, Catholic

Center back, Sr.

Was the anchor for the defense on a young Catholic team that won the Division I, District 5 title. Voted district’s defensive MVP and netted Division I all-state honors.

Parker Caufield, Catholic

Left wing, Sr.

The offense for the Division I, District 5 Bears was balanced but Caufield typically played a lead role. He led the Bears with 12 goals.

Eduin Delcid, Woodlawn

Center midfield, So.

Made an impression on the always tough Division I, District 5 competition by setting the pace for the Panthers with team-leading totals of 13 goals and nine assists.

Ashton Fletcher, St. Michael

Forward, Sr.

Voted the Division II, District 5 overall MVP for the third time and earned Division II all-state honors after compiling 19 goals and 34 assists for the Warriors.

Cam Hilliard, Denham Springs

Forward, Jr.

Top offensive threat for the Yellow Jackets scored 39 goals and added 16 assists. He was voted the Division I, District 4 Offensive MVP and was Division I all-state.

Joshua Hulgan, Baton Rouge High

Defensive midfield, Sr.

An all-district choice in Division I, District 5 for the Bulldogs, Hulgan was a consistent offensive performer with 13 goals and eight assists.

Zach Kimball, Debham Springs

Midfielder, Sr.

Yet another key contributor to the Yellow Jackets’ extremely potent offense, Kimball tallied 22 goals, added nine assists and was voted the Division I all-state team.

Grant Odenwald, Baton Rouge High

Forward, Sr.

Versatile and consistent are perhaps the best words to describe Odewald, who finished with 13 goals and distributed 15 assists for the Division I Bulldogs.

Alex Silva, St. Michael

Defender, Sr.

When a team has 21 shutouts, there’s a reason, and for the Warriors, Silva was a big part of it. He was Division II, District Defensive MVP and netted all-state honors.

Ben Smith, University

Center back, Sr.

Was a powerful force on the back line of defense for the Division III Cubs. Smith was a Division III, District 7 and all-state selection who also scored nine goals.

Jeremy Thompson, Dutchtown

Midfielder, Sr.

Took care of business in the center of the field for the Division I, District 5 Griffins. He scored six goals and added three assists to help control the flow of the game.

Will Whitehead, Catholic

Goalkeeper, Jr.

Not much got past Whitehead, who helped the Bears to the Division I, District 5 title. He allowed just 13 goals all season as Catholic shut out 14 opponents.

Mitchell Williams, St. Michael

Forward/Mid., Sr.

Ranked third in the state in all divisions in goals with 44 and had 16 assists for the Warriors. Division II, District 5 Offensive MVP also claimed all-state honors.

Second team

Carter Marchand, East Ascension, forward, Jr.; Miguel Vilas, University, center midfield, Jr.; Anthony Raby, McKinley, sweeper, So.; Alex Castine, Episcopal, forward, Sr.; Luke Zeringue, Lutcher, midfield/forward, Jr.; Joel DeRobertis, St. Michael, forward-defender, Sr.; Cade Murray, Denham Springs, midfield/forward, Jr.; Hector Rodriguez, St. Amant, defender, Fr.; Rodney Johnson, Plaquemine, midfielder, Jr.; Grant Fink, Runnels, forward, Jr.; Francisco Rodriguez, BRHS, wing, Sr.; Ross Melton, Central, midfielder, Jr.; Aysar Sheikha, Parkview Baptist, forward, Jr.; Noah Bourgeois, Lutcher, midfielder, Jr.; Edgar Ramos, McKinley, midfielder, Fr.; Nick Saunders, Runnels, defender, Jr.; Tyler Medina, Denham Springs, goalkeeper, So.