MCHS is represented on all-star soccer teams
By GEOFF STOUTE
A trio of representatives from the Morgan City High School soccer teams — two
graduated seniors and the head coach of both teams — participated in the Louisiana
Soccer Coaches Association’s All-Star games at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette’s Soccer Complex Friday.
Former Morgan City soccer players Adam Lacy and Carmen Araujo represented Morgan City High School in the contest as members of the West boys’ and girls’ squads, respectively. Morgan City boys’ and girls’ head coach Trevor Patterson served as an assistant coach for the girls’ West squad.
The two all-star games are under the auspices of the Louisiana High School Athletic
Association, Patterson said.
In the girls’ match, the East squad defeated the West squad 3-2.
Araujo said she had a lot of fun participating in the event.
She said it was “inspiring” to see girls who didn’t know each other work together.
She said it was a good way to end her soccer career.
In the boys’ match, the West edged the East 2-1 in a contest that was called in the 56th minute due to weather.
The West never trailed in the contest.
Lacy called his experience in the contest “amazing.”
He noted he got to play against some he had never faced before and against others he previously had competed against during his high school career.
Lacy said participating in the contest was good redemption for his senior soccer season, which ended without a playoff berth.
He said the contest will not be his final one as he plans to attend Nicholls State where he will play intramural soccer. He said he then plans to transfer to the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. He said the Lafayette area has more opportunities for him to participate in club soccer.
Possibly after that, he said he may try his hand at semipro soccer, noting Louisiana has some semipro teams.
Patterson said he served as an assistant coach in 2012 for the West All-Stars also, and next year, he said he will serve as the head coach of the girls’ West squad.
“It is my passion and I was ecstatic to join the coaching team,” said Patterson, who also is a member of the selection committee for the girls’ West squad.
As for the experience coaching the squad this year, he said, “It’s tremendous to see the talent throughout the state of Louisiana all come together for one game as seniors.”