FALCON SOCCER TOP STORY
Falcons advance to the state quarterfinals with 5-2 win over Country Day!
Senior Adam Hetzinger kicks in three goals to pace the win.
HAMMOND, LA—The Saint Thomas Aquinas Falcons used a trifecta by senior Adam Hetzinger to advance to the LHSAA Division IV State Quarterfinals with a 5-2 win over the visiting Country Day Cajuns. The two teams played to a stalemate for the first thirty minutes of the first half when Hetzinger went on a scoring binge kicking in three goals in seven minutes sending the Cajuns reeling down 3-0 at intermission. The victory sets up a match with top-seeded Episcopal of Acadiana next week with a trip the final four awarded to the winner.
The Falcons and Cajuns traded goals in the second half with each teams scoring twice, but the damage was already done to the Cajuns with Hetzinger’s three goal first half that ensured the Saint Thomas victory. Junior Mason Thompson scored midway through the second half putting the Falcons up 4-1 and senior Cade Sampey added the Falcons final goal minutes later extending the Saint Thomas lead to 5-1 before the Cajuns cashed in a penalty kick to cut the margin to 5-2.
The Falcons had 11 shots on goal, while Country Day had five. The contest was sloppy with 33 total direct kicks. Keeper Jack Brothers had four saves and Hetzinger also collected a pair of assists.
Falcons put on an offensive show with 9-0 romp over Pine.
Eight different Falcons score goals with freshman Christopher Massa kicking in two.
PINE, LA—The Saint Thomas Aquinas Falcons put on an offensive show as eight different Falcons scored goals including Adam Hetzinger, Michael Reid, Caleb Stewart, Bryan Doan, Demetrius Carter, Brayden Leyrer, Dane Schmitt and Christopher Massa with two. The win improved the Falcons district mark to 2-1 with one league game left. The Falcons will take on Pope John Paul II on Tuesday to close out district play and they will also celebrate Senior Night.
Falcons and Green Wave battle to scoreless tie.
Parish rival showdown.Jack Brothers collects six saves.
PONCHATOUA, LA—The Saint Thomas Aquinas Falcons and the Ponchatoula Green Wave battled on a sloppy turf to a 0-0 tie as defense won the day. Sophomore keeper Jack Brothers collected six saves with three of them circus efforts to deny the Green Wave a goal. The Falcons ended up with six shots on goal with three attempts.
In the JV contest, the Falcons dominated play scoring a 3-1 victory as freshmen David Castillo, and Christopher Massa and sophomore Cole Sceroler all scored goals. The JV team will host Saint Paul on Monday.
Falcons and Green Wave set to clash Saturday.
Parish rival showdown.
HAMMOND—The Saint Thomas Aquinas Falcons will take their 3-0 record on the road Saturday for a showdown with parish rival Ponchatoula. The Green Wave boast a 2-1 record that includes a win over tenth-ranked St. Michael the Archangel. Kick off is set for 11 a.m.
Falcons impress with 5-0 shutout of Live Oak on the road.
Freshman Brayden Leyer and senior Adam Hetzinger each collect two goals.
LIVE OAK—The Falcons continued their winning ways Tuesday with an impressive road win over the Live Oak Eagles. Saint Thomas took a 3-0 lead at the half and cruised to a 5-0 shutout as three different Falcons scored goals with freshman Brayden Leyer and senior Adam Hetzinger each scoring twice.
Junior Mason Thompson got the scoring started for Saint Thomas kicking in a goal at the 29:34 mark of the first half. Leyer would take over from there cashing in a pair of assists from Hetzinger to post two more goals before halftime.
The second half saw the Eagles come close to pitching a shutout but a pair of break-away goals by Hetzinger gave the Falcons a convincing shutout. The Falcons will put their perfect 3-0 mark on the ling Saturday as they travel to Ponchatoula for a match with the Green Wave.
Falcons improve to 2-0 with win over the Lions!
Saint Thomas gets three goals from senior Adam Hetzinger to score A 5-3 win over Covenant Christian.
HAMMOND—The Saint Thomas Aquinas Falcons completed their two-game home-stand Saturday with a 5-3 win over Covenant Christian improving to 2-0 as senior Adam Hetzinger collected a trifecta kicking in three goals.
Freshman Brayden Leyer got the scoring started for the Falcons kicking in a goal just nine minutes into the contest. The Lion answered minutes later, but a flurry of goals by the Falcons in the final ten minutes of the first half sent them to intermission with a commanding 4-1 margin. Sophomore Brian Doan started the scoring burst followed by back-to-back goals by Hetzinger in the final two minutes.
The Lions cut the Saint Thomas advantage to just one at 4-3 with a pair of second half goals, but a penalty kick with six minutes remaining by Heztinger secured the win for the Falcons.
Falcons dominate the Bulldogs to open season scoring a 7-2 win!
Hetzinger and Stewart combine for four goals and Reid delivers a pair of assists.
HAMMOND—The Saint Thomas Aquinas Falcons opened the season in impressive fashion hosting the Lutcher Bulldogs and handing the visitors a 7-2 setback. Seniors Adam Hetzinger and Caleb Stewart paced the scoring barrage kicking in two goals apiece and Hetzinger also had two assists along with senior Michael Reid and sophomore Bryan Doan. Senior Dane Schmitt started the scoring just eight minutes into the contest. Junior Mason Thompson and fresman Brayden Leyer each had one goal for the winners.
“This is mostly a young team, but what they may lack in experience they more than make up in energy,” said Saint Thomas Aquinas head coach Joseph Petz. “These young players want to prove they belong and their enthusiasm and energy is a real positive. We have long way to go but the guys are working hard and want it so we can build on that.”
The Falcons collected a dozen shots on goal with five additional shot attempts while the Bulldogs were limited to just four total shots on goals. Saint Thomas had 20 players enter the contest.
Saint Thomas will continue their home-stand Saturday hosting Covenant Christian set for an 11 a.m. kickoff.
Falcons mercy rule Christ Episcopal.
Saint Thomas soccer routs the visiting Wildcats 8-0.
HAMMOND—The Saint Thomas Aquinas Falcons kicked off the 2018 Division IV playoffs in impressive fashion notching an 8-0 shutout of the Christ Episcopal Wildcats in action Monday. Seniors Nicholas Orlando, William Hetzinger, and junior Adam Hetzinger each scored two goals in the first half and Alex Theriot added one goal to complete the first period scoring. Senior Avry Townsend scored a goal at the 60th minute of the second period on a direct kick penalty shot bringing the score to 8-0 and ending the game on the mercy rule.
The Falcons had six total assists with Adam Hetzinger, William Daley, Cole Tallo each with one assist and Townsend serving up three assists. Cade Ridgdell started as goal keeper but recorded no saves as Christ Episcopal had no shots and zero attempts in first period. Rene Mendez came in for second period and recorded one save on one shot by Christ Episcopal.
Saint Thomes will play the winner of the contest between Lafayette Christian and Newman.
Falcons put on a GOAL FEST!
Nine diferent Saint Thomas soccer players score goals as the Falcons roll Pine 10-0.
HAMMOND—The Saint Thomas Aquinas Falcons secured District Runner-up honors with a pair of back-to-back shutouts in league play. The Falcons shutout Pope John Paul II 4-0 last Friday and rolled over Pine 10-0 on Tuesday. In all the Falcons have recorded seven shutouts this season and the win over Pine improved their season record to 10-6-4 with two regular season matches left on the schedule.
The Falcons spread the wealth in both wins as four different players scored goals against the Pope John Paul II Jags and nine different players collected a goal against Pine. Adam Hetzinger, Alex Theriot, Tyler Pierce and Cole Tallo each had a goal against the Jags with one assist each by Ethan Jackson, Avry Townsend and Tyler Pierce. Tyler Piece, Caleb Stewart, Nicholas Hudspeth, Cole Tallo, Mason Thomas, Micheal Reid, Timmy Tran and Rene Mendez each had one goal against Pine, while Adam Hetzinger had two against the visiting Raiders. Tyler Silbernagel served up two assists and Caleb Stewart had one assist as 27 players participated in the game.
The Falcons will finish up the regular season taking on Division III top-ranked E.D. White and celebrate Senior Night hosting Division II fifth-ranked Woodlawn.
Falcons show off at Lafayette Showcase.
Saint Thomas collects pair of wins and a tie against a trio of top ten teams.
LAFAYETTE, LA—The Saint Thomas Aquinas Falcons soccer squad made the most of a road trip this past weekend at the annual Lafayette Showcase collecting a pair of wins and a tie against a trio of ranked opponents. The Falcons scored wins over Division IV, fourth-ranked Catholic New Iberia and eighth-ranked Division III, Teurlings Catholic while playing to a draw against Division III, second-ranked Saint Louis Catholic. The Falcons
are looking to carry their momentum into Tuesday’s key District 5 showdown with rival Northlake Christian in match to be played on Pete Valenti Field.
In Friday’s match the Falcons got a second half goal by junior Adam Hetzinger on feed from freshman Ethan Alston who was playing on the back line defense to defeat Catholic New Iberia, 1-0. Senior keeper Kade Ridgedell preserved the win with a pair of big saves. Saint Thomas had six shots on goal allowing only two. Hetzinger had four while senior Preston Phillips and junior Michael Reid had one.
The Falcons played a pair of matches on Saturday stunning Division III, second-ranked Saint Louis Catholic with a draw in a defensive battle with each team only managing one shot on goal. In the second match, the Falcons defeated the host, Teurlings Catholic 2-1 as senior Nicholas Hudspeth delivered the heroics with a pair of goals. The first goal was scored ten minutes into first half as senior Tyler Silbernagel gained possession of the ball near the bottom corner of the box on the left side and delivered a beautiful crossing ball that Hudspeth headered over outstretched arms of the goalie. The winning goal came only minutes later from 20 yards out as Hudspeth chipped the ball over the keeper.
Saint Thomas had five shots on goal two by Hudspeth, two by senior Avry Townsend and one by Reid. Ridgedell collected four saves.
Falcons pitch 3-0 shutout of Titans.
Hetzinger and Doan combine for three goals.
HAMMOND—The Saint Thomas Falcons avenged a 3-0 loss last season to the Division II Lakeshore Titans by returning the favor with a 3-0 win in action Wednesday. The Falcons took control just two minutes into the contest as junior Adam Hetzinger got lose for a break-away goal. Saint Thomas would add two more goals in the second half as Hetzinger collected a second goal and freshman Brian Doan put the match out of reach with the Falcons third goal.
The Falcons will have one more final tune up this week before district play begins at home against Northlake Christian as they compete in the Lafayette Showcase Friday and Saturday.
In a match of Falcon on Falcon, Saint Thomas stuns top-ranked Episcopal of Acadiana holding the nationally 5th-ranked EA Falcons to a 2-2 tie.
Freshman Brian Doan and junior Adam Hetzinger score goals and senior Kade Ridgedell collects FOUR HUGE saves!
HAMMOND—In what may end up being a preview of a future playoff match to come in Division IV Soccer, the 10th-ranked Saint Thomas Aquinas Falcons hosted the top-ranked Episcopal of Acadiana Falcons and fittingly the two Falcon squads battled to a 2-2 draw. Episcopal of Acadiana entered the contest boasting an 11-0-0 mark and a number five national ranking and were fresh off a 3-1 win over Northlake Christian, a Saint Thomas district rival.
The match was hard fought as each team collected one red and one yellow card. Episcopal of Acadiana got on the board first at the 15-minute mark, but Saint Thomas answered 15 minutes later as freshman Brian Doan scored off an assist from junior Adam Hetzinger sending the two squads into halftime with the score at one apiece.
Episcopal of Acadiana quickly regained the lead scoring just minutes into the second half. Episcopal of Acadiana continued to dominate play but three key second half saves by Falcon senior keeper Kade Ridgedell kept Saint Thomas close allowing Hetziner to take a ball pass from senior Ethan Jackson and tie the score at two at the 54th minute of play.
Saint Thomas had three shot attempts, 12 direct kicks, and three shots on goal, while Episcopal of Acadiana had 18 direct kicks, six shots on goal and four shot attempts. Ridgedell collected four total saves.
Falcons collect a pair of late goals to score a 2-1 win over Hammond Tornadoes.
Junior Adam Hetzinger did all the scoring as the Falcons built a 2-0 lead and held off a final surge by Hammond. JV Falcons rout JV Tors 6-0.
HAMMOND—The Saint Thomas Aquinas Falcons won the Hammond City bragging rights getting a pair of second half goals by junior striker Adam Hetzinger to score a 2-1 win over the visiting Tornadoes. The Falcons entered the contest ranked 8th in Division IV, while the Tornadoes boasted a 5-2 record ranked 15th in Division I.
The two teams played a scoreless first half as defense and solid keeper play dominated the action. Falcon keeper Kade Ridgedell collected ten saves to spark the defensive effort while the Hammond keeper posted seven saves.
Hetzinger scored both goals for Saint Thomas with the first goal at 65th minute and second goal in the 68th minute mark, Preston Phillips recorded an assist on both goals. Hammond rallied with a goal in the 78th minute, but the Falcons closed the door the rest of the way to secure the 2-1 victory.
The victory improved the Falcons season mark to 4-2-1. The Falcons will take their show on the road Saturday for a match with the third-ranked and defending State Champion Newman Greenies. Match set for 1:00 p.m.
Mandeville Tournament Cancelled ... due to weather.
Saint Thomas Varsity and JV Soccer to compete in Mandeville Tournament December 7-9. CYSA Field Complex.
MANDEVILLE— Varsity Games Thursday 5pm vs. MHS @ MHS, Friday 8pm vs. Capt. Shreve @ MHS, and Saturday 8am vs. Alexandria @ CYSA #5.
Junior Varsity Games Saturday noon vs. St. Pauls CYSA Field, Saturday 2pm vs Baton Rouge CYSA Field, and Satuday 4pm vs. MHS @ CYSA Field.
Falcons collect a pair of wins.
Saint Thomas Soccer improves season mark to 3-1-1!
HAMMOND—The Saint Thomas Aquinas Falcons ran their early season record to 3-1-1 with a pair wins last week over ranked opponents as they defeated 15th-ranked Division II Belaire 7-2 on Monday and followed 7th-ranked Division IV Country Day 3-1 on Saturday. Junior Adam Hetzinger collected seven goals in the two game with five coming against Belaire and two against Country Day.
Senior Ethan Jackson started the scoring for the Falcons against Belaire kicking in a goal 24 minutes in off an assist from junior Adam Hetzinger. Six minutes later senior Nick Hudsbeth took a corner kick from fellow senior Avry Townsend put Saint Thomas up 2-0 and Hetzinger padded the lead right before the half with a goal from 12 yards out.
Hetzinger continued his scoring spree in the second half kicking in a penalty shot at the 60 minute mark and followed that up with a goal off a ball pass assist from senior Jaylen Jackson. Twelve minutes later Hetzinger kicked in a pair of goals two minutes apart scoring on a crossed pass assist from senior Preston Phillips and a chip ball over the keeper.
Senior Rene Mendez started as keeper had six saves before drawing red card and being replaced by senior Kade Ridgdell who had two saves.
The Falcons and Country Day played to a scoreless draw in the first half but twelve minutes into the second half Hetzinger converted a penalty kick to put Saint Thomas up 1-0. Country Day answered to tie it minutes later, but the Falcons kicked in two unanswered goals to secure the win. Hetzinger scored after dribbling past defenders and shooting from near left corner from 18 yards out, and senior Avry Townsend put the contest out of reach with a goal from right side on shot from about 10 yards out.
The had eight shots on goal, five shot attempts and 10 corner kicks and Kade Ridgedell was keeper with one save.
Falcons hold fourth-ranked University Lab to a draw.
STA senior goalie, Kade Ridgedell, pitches a shutout.
HAMMOND—The Saint Thomas Aquinas senior goalie Kade Ridgedell pitched a shutout as the Falcons continued playing up in class Tuesday hosting the Division III, fourth-ranked University Lab playing to a 0-0 draw. The tie put the Falcons’ early season mark at 1-1-1.
Falcons rally for 2-1 win over Live Oak!
Saint Thomas evens their season mark to 1-1 as Orlando and Tallo collect goals.
HAMMOND—The Saint Thomas Aquinas Falcons opened regular season play this week stepping up in class. After a tough 5-1 loss to seventh-ranked Division I Northshore on Monday, the Falcons rallied for a 2-1 victory over fifteenth-ranked Division II Live Oak to even their early season mark at one and one.
The Eagles scored three minutes into the contest taking advantage of a penalty kick, but the Falcons would pitch a shutout the rest of the way and collect a pair of second half goals to earn the win. Just two minutes into the second half senior Nick Orlando kicked in a long goal to tie the score and with 28:11 showing on the clock senior Cole Tallo kicked in a loose ball in front of the box set up by a shot by Orlando for the go ahead goal.
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
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.
TAKING CHARGE—Junior Parker Amar moves the rock past a Hannan defender to set up a shot on goal.
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.