FALCON SOCCER TOP STORY
Petz returns to coach Falcons.
2012 STA graduate Joseph Petz named new boys soccer coach.

HAMMOND—Joseph Petz, a 2012 graduate of St. Thomas Aquinas Regional Catholic High School, has been hired as the 2017-18 boys’ soccer coach. Petz, a Southeastern Louisiana University student, served as a head coach for the Covington Youth Soccer Association for two years. Most recently, he coached the Hammond High Tornados to three straight playoff appearances - their first playoff appearances in 20 years. He was named Coach of the Year In 2015.
     “I am grateful for the opportunity to return to my alma mater to coach such a great team,” said Petz. “I look forward to building upon the long history of success that the boys’ soccer team has enjoyed in the past.”
    STA Athletic Director Barrett Morgan said, “We are really excited to have Joseph Petz to lead our Falcons. He has a lot of history with the St. Thomas Aquinas soccer program. He understands what it takes. This program means a lot to him and his hunger will get us back to the top.”
    
Falcons and “Wilson” take care of business.
Five different Falcons score goals as Saint Thomas advances to second round with 8-1 win over Christian Life.

HAMMOND—The ninth-seeded Saint Thomas Aquinas Falcons overcame an early tie score to roll to an 8-1 rout of the visiting Christian Life Crusaders to advance to the second round of the LHSAA Division IV State Playoffs. The Falcons will travel to Northlake Christian for round two.
    The Falcons opened with a flurry of shots on goal before finally cashing in thirteen minutes into the contest as the Hetzinger brothers combined for a goal with Will assisting Adam. The Crusaders had an answer nine minutes later as David Katembo found the back of the net to tie the match at one. However, any hopes of an upset by the 24th-seeded visitors were quickly dashed as Will Hetzinger booted a long kick five minutes later putting the Falcons up 2-1 and followed up with an assist to Parker Amar for another goal just three minutes later. Preston Phillips capped off the scoring burst with a 30-yard bomb for a goal sending the Falcons to halftime with a commanding 4-1 advantage.
    Saint Thomas matched their goal total of four in the second half as Adam Hetzinger led off with a pair break-away goals pushing the Falcons margin to 6-1. Hayden Gebbia was next with a goal with 9:56 left and Avry Townsend kicked in the final goal of the match with 2:08 showing off an assist by Tyler Silbernagel.
    Will Hetzinger and Townsend collected two assists and Daniel Smith had one. Saint Thomas had 21 shots on goal, while keeper Rene Mendez had a pair of saves. Nineteen Falcons saw action in the contest.
    
Falcons to host Christian Life in round one of the LHSAA Playoffs.
The winner of round one will play Northlake who drew a first round bye.

HAMMOND—The ninth-seeded Saint Thomas Aquinas Falcons will host the 24th-seeded Christian Life Crusaders Saturday at 11 a.m. in a first round playoff match. The Crusaders enter the contest with a regular season mark of 7-6-2 and 4-1-1 District record, while the Falcons boast an 11-5-4 season mark and a perfect 4-0 league mark.
    The Falcons and Crusaders shared two common opponents during the regular season in Pine and Archbishop Hannan with the Falcons scoring wins over both, while the Crusaders defeated Pine 9-1 and lost to Archbishop Hannan 2-0.
    The eighth-seeded 2016 State Champion Wolverines of Northlake will be waiting on the winner of this contest as they advanced to the second round via a bye.

Falcons are the CHAMPS!!!!
Saint Thomas defeats Hannan 5-0 to secure the District 5-IV Championship. GAME GALERY.

COVINGTON—The Saint Thomas Falcons already assured of a share of the District 5-IV Championship finished the job Tuesday with a 5-0 spanking of the Archbishop Hannan Hawks. The win competed a sweep of District foes as the Falcons finished league play with a 4-0 mark having out-scored their District opponents 24-1
    Sophomore Adam Hetzinger and senior Parker Amar put on a show combining for five goals and two assists, but it was the Hetzinger brothers that got the party started as older brother Will kicked a pass in front of the box to brother Adam who kicked in the goal five minutes into the contest.
    Both teams defended well for the next thirty minutes before the Falcons broke through for a second goal right before halftime as Adam Hetzinger sent a pass to Amar who put Saint Thomas up 2-0.
    The Falcons held off a pair of shots on goal for the first eleven minutes of the second half and then went on a scoring tear kicking in three goal in fifteen minutes. Adam Hetzinger kicked in a rebound with 29:01 showing followed five minutes later with another goal off an assist by Amar and then Amar a final goal two minutes later on a long kick.
    
Falcon Soccer scores a TRIFECTA!
Three seniors honored on senior night and all three score at least one goal.

HAMMOND—Good things often come in threes and for the Saint Thomas Falcons Senior Night was a true trifecta as three seniors were honored and all three of them scored at least one goal enroute to an 8-0 win over visiting Pope John Paul II. Seniors Parker Amar and Hayden Gebbia collected two goals and senior Daniel Smith found the back of the net one time. The victory was the third straight District win for the Falcons as they remain unbeaten in league play. The win improved the 5th-ranked Falcons mark to 9-4-4, while the 12th-ranked Jaguars dropped to 8-7-2.
    The Falcons started fast against the Jaguars as Parker Amar put Saint Thomas up 1-0 six minutes into the contest. It would be the first of two goals for the senior and the Falcons would come within a goal of eight-goal limit in the first half.
    Amar assisted in the Falcons second goal with a pass to sophomore Adam Hetzinger with 28:59 showing on the clock. Three minutes later senior Hayden Gebbia got in on the first half scoring flurry with his fist of two goals followed just two minutes later with a long kick by Amar that found the back of the net.
    Gebbia scored off his own rebound for the Falcons fifth goal and senior Daniel Smith added his name to the scorebook with a goal minutes later. Junior Ethan Jackson capped off the Saint Thomas first half rout with goal two minutes before intermission.
    Junior Nicholas Hudspeth ended the suffering for the Jaquar ten minutes into the second half with the Falcons final goal ending the contest on the eight-goal rule.
    The Falcons will hit the road to finish District play with a contest against rival Hannan. Saint Thomas has earned a share of the District Championship at 3-0, but can wrap up the outright Championship with a win over the Hawks on Tuesday.

Falcon Soccer collects 15 goals!
Saint Thomas girls defeat Pine 7-0 and Saint Thomas Boys win 8-0! Girls celebrate Senior Night. GAME GALLERY Northlake and Pine.

HAMMOND—The Saint Thomas Aquinas girls and boys soccer teams went on a shooting frenzy Friday night as they hosted Pine and fired at the Raiders goalies to collected a combined 15 goals with the Lady Falcons winning 7-0 to and the Falcons 8-0. The Ladies victory was especially sweet as Saint Thomas celebrated Senior Night honoring seniors Alyssa Finch, Abigail McNeal, and Hannah Reid.
    In the Falcons eight-goal rule win, seven different players scored goals with Adam Hetzinger leading the way with a pair followed by Hayden Gebbia, Tyler Pierce, Cade Sampey, Joel Cervantes, Nicholas Hudspeth, Mason Thompson with one goal each. Tyler Silbernagel, Adam Hetzinger, Daniel Smith, Cade Sampey, Cole Tallo, and Parker Amar all collected an assist. In all Saint Thomas had a dozen shots on goal out of a total of 23 shots.

Falcons knock off the defending champs 3-1!
Saint Thomas scores a key District road win with a victory over longtime rival Northlake Christian.

COVINGTON, LA—The rain stopped just in time Wednesday night for longtime District rivals Saint Thomas (7-4-4, 1-0) and Northlake Christian (4-3-1, 0-1) to take the field for a key showdown between top-ranked teams and the two squads did not disappoint. In match that featured hard-fought play that resulted in six yellow cards and 23 penalties, the 7th-ranked Falcons rallied from one goal down on the road to upset the defending State Champions and 4th-ranked Wolverines 3-1. The two teams played to a 1-1 tie last season and shared the District Championship.
    The home-standing Wolverines made an early statement getting on the board just 11 minutes into the match as sophomore Garret Acosta wearing jersey number eleven kicked in a goal in front of the box. Northlake would find opportunities scarce after a fast start as the Wolverines ended up with just five shots on goal with Falcon keeper junior Renee Mendez, Jr. denying them four times.
    The Saint Thomas rally started at the 28 minute mark as sophomore Adam Hetzinger took an assist from senior Parker Amar to knot the score at one. Junior Preston Phillips scored off a direct kick just a minutes before intermission to give the Falcons the lead for good.
    The two teams exchanged blows for most of the second half as four of the six yellow cards were handed out, but a pair of solid saves by Mendez shut the door on Northlake’s efforts to tie the contest and a break-away goal at the 80 minute mark by junior Avry Townsend on a solid assist from fellow junior Will Hetzinger iced it for Saint Thomas.
    The Falcons had nine shots on goal and 15 total for the match while the Wolverines a five shots on goal.
    Saint Thomas returns home Friday to host Pine in another District contest.

Falcons collect three wins and a tie to claim Holiday Cup Championship!
Saint Thomas collects a dozen goals in the annual two-day event as Alex Theriot led the way with five goals.

BATON ROUGE, LA—The Saint Thomas Aquinas Falcons collected three wins and a tie at the annual Holiday Cup to secure the tournament championship. In all, the Falcons collected a dozen goals in two days of competition starting with a 1-1 tie with Parkview Baptist, a 3-0 win over Lusher, a 7-0 victory over Thibodeaux, and a 1-0 win over Haynes Academy in the championship match.
    The Falcons opened play with a 1-1 tie with 11th-ranked, Division III Parkview Baptist out of Baton Rouge. Parkview struck first off a goal by Griffin Fetters. STA’s Alex Theriot answered in the second half off an assist by Ethan Jackson.
    Theriot continued his scoring spree in the second match collecting two goals as the Falcons handed Lusher a 3-0 setback. Theriot was assisted on both goals as Tyler Menesses and Daniel Smith each had an assist. Will Hetzinger scored the third.
    The rout was on the in the Falcon’s third match as again Theriot had two goals and Dane Schmitt added another pair as Saint Thomas rolled past Thibodeaux 7-0. Adam Hetzinger, Tyler Silbernagel and Tyler Menesses each contributed one, aided by assists from Avry Townsend, Tyler Menesses and Adam Hetzinger.
    In the championship match against sixth-ranked Haynes Academy Adam Hetzinger scored the only goal of the match to secure the win for Saint Thomas, while defense and Goalkeeper, Rene Mendez, allowed just two shots on goal, resulting in only one goal total from all four matches.

Falcons come out hot on a cold night.
Sophomore Adam Hetzinger sends a pair of headers to the back of the net at the Falcons score a 4-1 win over the Fontainebleau Bulldogs. JV Falcons complete the sweep with a 3-1 win that followed the varsity match. QUICK GAME GALLERY.

MANDEVILLE—Despite the cold weather, the Saint Thomas Aquinas Falcons came out hot collecting three quick goals to take a 3-1 halftime advantage over the home-standing Fontainebleau Bulldogs en route to a 4-1 win in soccer action Thursday night. The victory improved the Falcons season mark to 3-3-3 as three different Falcons found the back of the net with sophomore Adam Hetzinger pacing the offense with a pair of headers.
    The Falcons needed less than three minutes to work the ball in for a goal as Adam Hetzinger nailed a header off an assist by brother Will Hetzinger with 37:59 showing. A dozen minutes later Saint Thomas padded their lead as junior Alex Theriot put in a goal off a cross by Adam Hetzinger to put the Falcons up 2-0. Theriot and Will Hetzinger combined for a third first half goal five minutes later as Theriot assisted on a goal by Will.
    The Bulldogs made some noise getting on the board with just 7:11 left in the first half as the Fontainebleau strikers got past the Falcon defenders to kick in a goal.
    Senior Parker Amar combined with Adam Hetzinger to all but put the contest out of reach as he delivered an on the money lob pass to set up Hetzinger’s second header of the night giving Saint Thomas a commanding 4-1 advantage.
    In all, the Falcons had eight shots on goal and junior keeper Renee Mendez, Jr. was solid in the box notching three saves on four shots on goal by the Bulldogs.

PLAYOFFS ... Falcons cruise to first round win! ... 7-0 over Ascension Episcopal.
Sophomore Will Hetzinger turned a hat trick and brother Adam collected a pair of goals as Falcons rolled to a 4-0 lead in just twenty minutes of play. Senior Aaron Flores scored a goal as Saint Thomas honored the Falcon seniors at halftime.

HAMMOND—The Falcons opened the first round of the LHSAA State Division IV Soccer Playoffs with a 7-0 shutout of visiting Ascension Episcopal at action hosted at the Chappapeela Sports Park Friday. The Falcons put the contest away early scoring four goals in the first twenty minutes of play as the brother act of Will and Adam Hetzinger sparked a Falcon scoring spree. Will would finish with a hat trick while younger brother Adam added a pair of goals.
    The shutout delivered by the Falcons was complete as they collected ten shots on goal while the Blue Gators had zero shots on goal. Freshman Adam Hetzinger started the early scoring flurry for the Falcons kicking in a loose ball in front of the box at the seven minute mark. Sophomore Will Hetzinger followed up two minutes later with a second Falcon goal and then assisted senior Aaron Flores on a third as Flores found the back of the net with a left-footed kick. The final goal within the first twenty minutes was Will’s second off an assist by junior Daniel Smith.
    The brother act added two more goals before intermission as Adam scored off a steal at the twenty-ninth minute and not to be outdone brother Will put Saint Thomas up by six scoring off a steal six minutes later.
    The Falcons played “keep away” for much of the rest of the way but added a final goal at the fifty-forth minute when sophomore Alex Theriot delivered an assist to fellow sophomore Tyler Menesses who kicked in the final Falcon score.
    The eleventh-seeded Falcons will play Haynes Academy in the second round who had a bye in round one.

Falcons deliver 4-0 shutout of Hawks!
Eighth-ranked Falcons ambush Hawks with three quick goals to open the contest.

HAMMOND—The Saint Thomas Falcons finished off the regular season in style delivering a 4-0 shutout of District rival Hannan

TAKING CHARGE—Junior Parker Amar moves the rock past a Hannan defender to set up a shot on goal.
at Strawberry Stadium Wednesday night. The Falcons executed an early ambush of the visiting Hawks scoring three quick goals to open the first half of play. The Falcons controlled the ball for most of the second half adding a fourth goal to cruise to the win.
    The Falcons needed only sixteen minutes to all but put the match on ice as sophomore Preston Phillips scored on the eighth minute of play followed by sophomore Will Hetzinger with a header in the ninth minute, and senior Zack Reid with a goal in the sixteenth minute of play. Freshman Adam Hetzinger capped off the scoring cashing in an assist from sophomore Jaylen Jackson in the seventy-nine minute of play.
    Saint Thomas was active around the box the entire match with 20 shots on goal including seven corner kicks and 15 direct kicks. Keeper Kade Ridgedell pitched a shutout with three saves. The Falcon defense held the Hawks to just three shots on goal.
    
Falcons stun second-ranked Wolverines
Tenth-ranked Falcons remain undefeated in District play as they battled rival Northlake to a 2-2 tie. PHOTO GALLERY

HAMMOND—Soccer is often referred to as the “beautiful game” and the Saint Thomas Faclons and Northlake Woverines did just that—play some great soccer as the two met for a District showdown Wednesday night at Pete Valent Field on the campus of Saint Thomas. The Falcons stunned the number two ranked Northlake Wolverines scoring a 2-2 tie to remain unbeaten in District play as the Wolverines dished out another solid performance. The Falcons drew a pair of penalty kicks and junior Daniel Smith delivered scoring twice. The win improved the Falcons mark to 4-6-3 while Northlake’s record is now 6-1-5.
    Sixteen minutes into the match senior Aaron Flores drew a penalty kick and junior Smith cashed it in to put the Falcons up 1-0. Northlake answered at the 35th minute when senior Joshua Landry tapped in a goal off a block by Saint Thomas sophomore keeper Kade Ridgedell. Ridgedell would finished with three saves on five Wolverines shots on goal.
    Northlake drew first blood in the second half scoring off a corner kick header by senior Nathan Pearl at the 68th minute of play. The Falcons answered to tie it at the 71st minute when junior Parker Amar drew a penalty kick and Smith made it two-for-two on the night kicking in the PK to knot the score at 2-2.
    The Falcons finished with seven shots on goal to five for Northlake and Saint Thomas had seven overall attempted shots while the Wolverines collected eight attempts.

Falcons post pair of wins and break into top ten to start the 2015-16 campaign.
Saint Thomas opens season 2-0-1.

HAMMOND—Soccer season is off and running and the Saint Thomas Falcons are getting their legs under them quickly startin the season with a pair of wins and a spot in the Division IV Ranking at number ten.
    The Falcons have scored a 6-2 win over Saint Martin and a 3-2 win over Belaire. The Falcons will return to the field for a pair of home games hosting Fountainebleau December 2 and Saint Martin December 5.
    




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