There is a talented youth movement in Cleveland, which is reflected in this year’s preseason players to watch.
Six of the preseason 11 are underclass players, including four sophomores whose only high school experience was during a pandemic.
Strongsville graduated all four of its seniors from last year, and all four are now playing at NCAA Division I schools. Still, the powerhouse program dominates the preseason list with four representatives this fall.
Here is our preseason Cleveland All-Metro squad:
FORWARDS: Strongsville seniorhas verbally committed to Ohio State. Sidloski, a key player during Strongsville’s national title run last year, also is a standout for Cleveland FC, which reached the US Youth Soccer national semifinals this past summer. … Archbishop Hoban will be a team to watch this fall, especially thanks to . The sophomore standout scored 28 goals and had 21 assists last season. … St. Joseph’s Academy sophomore is another part of the Cleveland-area youth movement. While a forward on the high school team, Bonham is a club midfielder.
MIDFIELDERS: Strongsville senioris an NCAA Division I prospect who recently changed her verbal commitment status. She is a multi-year standout at Strongsville and a member of Cleveland FC’s national semifinalist club team. … Kenston senior doesn’t receive as much attention as many of the players on this list since she attends a smaller school, but the standout is among the top players in the area. Cornell was a Division II second-team all-state pick last year. … Medina has a pair of standout midfielders this year, and gets the preseason nod given her accolades from last fall. … Archbishop Hoban picked up Natalie Shimmel, whose presence in the midfield could make this program a state title contender in 2021.
DEFENDERS: Walsh Jesuit is under new leadership for the first time ever, but one standout holdover is Molly Gray. The senior defender was a second-team all-state selection last year. … Strongsville sophomoreis the younger sister to current Memphis player Peyton Felton. The younger Felton is a defensive player who starred as a freshman on the back line and plays club for Cleveland FC. … Brunswick senior Camryn Dunn is one of the more versatile players on the list. She’s a defender by trade, but last year was moved into the midfield during the season, which helped Brunswick to a strong finish.
GOALKEEPER: Strongsville sophomorewas in the net for the team’s state title run last year. She’s been part of US Youth National Team training camps and a club standout for Internationals.
|D||Molly Gray||Walsh Jesuit||Sr.|
|M||Natalie Shimmel||Archbishop Hoban||Jr.|
|F||Jadin Bonham||St. Joseph's Academy||So.|
|F||Lauren Mahoney||Archbishop Hoban||So.|
|F||Nicole Sidloski||Strongsville||Sr.||Ohio State|