WATCH: Mariemont boys soccer blasts Mooney, 4-1, for D-III state championship
Luke Brothers had two goals and an assist as Mariemont capped off its perfect season with a Division III crown.
Shelby Dermer, Cincinnati
With Friday Night Futbol kick-starting the 2021 Ohio boys high school soccer season on Aug. 13, teams are less than a month away from the start of the season. Three months later it all culminates with the state finals at MAPFRE Stadium in Columbus.
With that in mind, here are some of the top players you may want to watch throughout the campaign. The players were chosen based on previous accolades with preferences given to all-state rankings by coaches and those who previously have been a first-team all-league selection.
Ten top players to watch
Martin Eisenhauer, Mariemont – As a junior forward Eisenhauer was fourth in the Cincinnati Hills League in points with 43. He had 17 goals and nine assists for the state champs and was first-team CHL.
Garrett Friedrich, Sycamore – Midfielder had 15 assists (second in the Greater Miami Conference) and four goals for 23 points for Sycamore as a junior. Friedrich was first-team GMC.
Timmy Griffin, McNicholas – Griffin was fourth in the Greater Catholic League-Coed in points with 36, scoring 15 goals with six assists. He was one of two sophomores to be named first-team GCL-Coed.
Ryan Henke, Milford – The midfielder led the Eastern Cincinnati Conference in points (43) and goals (17) and added nine assists. Henke was first-team ECC.
Ziyad Lahbabi, Winton Woods – Forward was second in the ECC in points with 36 as a sophomore. Lahbabi had 13 goals and 10 assists for the Warriors making First Team ECC.
Alex McAfee, Colerain – Midfielder was third in the GMC in points with 36, scoring 14 goals with eight assists. McAfee was First Team GMC.
Maddox Miller, Mariemont – Goalkeeper was second in the Cincinnati Hills League in shutouts with 11 and had 76 saves. Miller made First Team CHL as a junior for the undefeated state champion Warriors.
Christian Ohmer, Moeller – Midfielder had seven goals and seven assists for 21 points making first-team Greater Catholic League-South for the Crusaders as a junior.
Will Schutte, Colerain – Schutte was second in the GMC in saves (128) and shutouts (six) for the Cardinals as a sophomore. He was the only sophomore to make first-team GMC.
Trey Vrdeveld, Cincinnati Country Day – Also a noted baseball player for CCD, Vrdeveld was Division III second-team All-Ohio as a junior. The defender was also first-team Miami Valley Conference where he had six goals and two assists from his defensive position.
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