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All-Local Soccer Team announced

By on December 14, 2016 at 12:11 pm
With 30 goals scored and 12 assists on the season, Waterloo senior Ben Huels was an obvious choice at the top of this year's Republic-Times All-Local Team. (John Spytek photo)

With 30 goals scored and 12 assists on the season, Waterloo senior Ben Huels was an obvious choice at the top of this year’s Republic-Times All-Local Team. (John Spytek photo)

The three-year streak of Monroe County high school soccer teams winning state titles ended this past fall, but it was certainly not due to a lack of talent.

Gibault placed third at state, and Waterloo lost in a thrilling sectional final after downing rival Columbia in an epic regional championship match.

There was plenty of star power on all three teams, as this year’s Republic-Times All-Local Soccer Team will attest.

Ben Huels (Waterloo) – This senior was considered one of the top soccer players in the entire St. Louis area, finishing with 30 goals and 12 assists for the Bulldogs. He had eight game-winning goals on the year.
Ben Mueth (Gibault) – Also a senior, Mueth led the Hawks with 25 goals (six game-winning goals) and four assists. Mueth ended his Gibault career with a hat trick in the state third place game.
Philip Most (Waterloo) – Another senior at the top of our list, Most formed a potent one-two scoring punch with Huels for the Bulldogs. He finished with 22 goals and 15 assists on the season.
Connor Jackson (Columbia) – This senior led the Eagles in scoring with 15 goals and six assists on the season.
Dalton Scace (Gibault) – Another senior member of the state third place Hawks, Scace provided consistent scoring all season with 13 goals and 13 assists.
Ryan Stites (Waterloo) – One of the most talented all-around athletes on the list, this senior scored 10 goals with four assists for the Bulldogs and provided big game experience as a member of the 2015 state champion team.
Sam Spivey (Columbia) – a member of the all-state team, Spivey scored 10 goals with nine assists for the Eagles as a junior, including four game-winning goals.
Karson Huels (Gibault) – The second Huels to make this year’s list plays for Gibault, where he scored eight goals with 14 assists during a stellar sophomore season.
Dawson Holden (Waterloo) – The fourth Bulldogs senior on this year’s first team is well-deserving, as he provided leadership and experience while scoring three goals with 10 assists.
Riley Hubler (Columbia) – Another sophomore on the first team, Hubler scored 13 goals with seven assists for the Eagles this season. The future looks bright with Hubler in the lineup.
Jon Kuebler (Columbia) – This junior goalkeeper kept the Eagles in some of their toughest games. Kuebler posted a 16-3-4 record and had a save percentage of .845.

Easton Wallace (Valmeyer) – This senior led the Pirates in scoring with 12 goals and four assists.
Kyle Rocca (Gibault) – Another senior, Rocca added an extra scoring option for the Hawks that became especially helpful in the postseason. Rocca scored 10 goals with eight assists.
Jake Bridges (Columbia) – This junior has set himself up for a breakout senior season. Bridges scored 10 goals (four game-winners) with seven assists for the Eagles this past fall.
Justin Kohler (Waterloo) – Kohler contributed to the winning formula for the Bulldogs, scoring seven goals with 15 assists.
Griffin Lenhardt (Waterloo) – Another strong all-around senior athlete, Lenhardt scored two goals with 10 assists for the Bulldogs.
David Hawickhorst (Columbia) –  This senior was strong on defense for the Eagles, and he added a goal and six assists to boot.
Cole Kolmer (Waterloo) – With eight goals and four assists, Kolmer gave the Bulldogs yet another scoring boost on any given night.
Ryan Gool (Gibault) – This senior provided leadership for the Hawks while contributing four goals and two assists on the season.
Cole Bivens (Columbia) – Bivens was another strong piece of Columbia’s backline, limiting scoring opportunities for opponents.
Aaron Grohmann (Gibault) – This junior provided key minutes for the Hawks all season. He finished with two goals and three assists.
Trevor Coplin (Waterloo) – Another member of the 2015 state champion team, Coplin was strong in net this season. He posted a 16-2-2 mark.

Andrew Yount (Waterloo), Drew Marshall (Waterloo), Trevor Davis (Gibault), Logan Doerr (Gibault), Charlie Harres (Columbia), Liam McGonigle (Columbia), Trevor McClellan (Valmeyer), Ryan Brinkman (Valmeyer)

Corey Saathoff

Corey is the editor of the Republic-Times. He has worked at the newspaper since 2004, and currently resides in Columbia. He is also the principal singer-songwriter and plays guitar in St. Louis area country-rock band The Trophy Mules.