Roberts, Matlock lead SBJ’s All-Metro girls soccer team

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Byrd goalkeeper Emerson Roberts and Loyola coach Mark Matlock are featured as the top honorees on the 2021-22 Shreveport-Bossier Journal’s All-Metro girls soccer team.

Roberts, who dominated in front of the goal for Byrd in leading the team to a district championship and a No. 8 seed in the Division I playoffs, was chosen as the All-Metro Player of the Year. Starting in early December, the Lady Jackets did not allow a goal for a month.

“Emerson is the most intense player I have ever coached,” said Byrd coach Lisa Leverman. “She came to me as a freshman with such drive and dedication. She always strived to be the best goal keeper she could be. Emerson is a coach’s dream.”

Roberts will continue her soccer career at UL-Monroe.

Loyola’s sophomore defender Mary Helen Burford and senior forward Kennedy Jarrett were also considered for Player of the Year.

Matlock became the first local coach to win a second state championship as the Flyers captured the Division III title with a 4-1 win over Archbishop Hannan.

Loyola played an incredibly tough schedule, going against both of the Division I finalists, a Division II state finalist, and five other quarterfinalists in either Division I or II.

Matlock has led the Flyers to the finals the last four years, including a title in 2019.

Loyola had five selections on the first team while Byrd had three, Captain Shreve with two and Caddo Magnet with one.

ALL-METRO FIRST TEAM

Goalkeeper – Emerson Roberts, Byrd (Sr.)
Defender – Mary Helen Burford, Loyola (Soph.)
Defender – Katie Smith, Byrd (Sr.)
Defender – Aidan Heard, Loyola (Sr.)
Midfielder – Kiley Rourke, Captain Shreve (Sr.)
Midfielder – Ellie Lawrence, Byrd (Jr.)
Midfielder – Madalyn Van Devender, Loyola (Jr.)
Midfielder – Erin Campbell, Loyola (Sr.)
Forward – Emma Bradford, Captain Shreve (Jr.)
Forward – Kennedy Jarrett, Loyola (Sr.)
Forward – Audrey Jordan, Caddo Magnet (Soph.)

The All-Metro team was chosen by the Shreveport-Bossier Journal staff in close consultation with local coaches. The first team was filled by positions with a 3-4-3-1 alignment.

A “Best of the Rest” was chosen based on those players who were given serious consideration for the first team.

Goalkeeper – Aubrie Dupre, Parkway
Defender – Ella Grace Davis, Captain Shreve; Skylar Burke, Byrd; Abby Beasley, Caddo Magnet.
Midfielder – Antonia Sapp, Caddo Magnet; Brooklyn Lattier, Captain Shreve; Landry Jones, Byrd; Cassie Campbell, Loyola.
Forward – Khiana Roraback, Byrd; Maya Jackson, Parkway; Carson Davis, Calvary.