Two years ago, the Louisiana High School Soccer Coaches Association held its first prep all-star game, taking a cue from sports like football, baseball and basketball.
The event returns to the University of Louisiana at Lafayette on Saturday as the state’s top seniors meet on the soccer field for the third time.
The girls all-star game is at 4 p.m., followed by the boys game at 7 p.m. Each match pits East vs. West.
“All these girls and guys have played for four years at their respective high schools and a huge amount of them have probably been playing 10 or 11 months out of the year,” said East Ascension girls coach Chris Goodall, an assistant on the East squad.
“It’s a good way to say thank you to the kids who have put in so much to the sport at the high-school level.”
Goodall is one of two local soccer coaches involved in the event. Catholic’s Bo Cassidy is serving as an East assistant in the boys game.
“It’s a great mix of all the different divisions,” Cassidy said. “A lot of times, we don’t get to see all those guys play together, so it’s great to see, for instance, guys from Catholic High and University High playing together on the same team.
“It’s great to see all these different schools in different divisions get to play together and showcase some of the better talent.”
John Cox of St. Thomas Aquinas is the head coach for the East boys and Jeremy Cart of Lafayette for the West boys. Fontainebleau’s Carly Hotard is the head coach for the East girls and Philip Amedee of Vanderbilt Catholic for the West girls.
Three local players are part of the East roster in the girls game: Chelsea Griggs, a goalkeeper, and Alyssa LeBlanc of East Ascension and Episcopal’s Taylor Winslow.
In the boys game, the East roster features Thomas Grenier and Garret Arceneaux of Episcopal, St. Amant’s Trett Bourgeois, East Ascension’s Edwin Morales, William Dauterive and Alan Gudiel of Catholic, Parkview Baptist’s Chad Rathcke, Connor Lynch and Matt Pardue of University and St. Michael’s Derek Rumney.