When it comes to fall high school soccer, Minnesota is one of the best-kept secrets.
Since most of Minnesota’s neighbors play spring high school, the state is pretty isolated with few out-of-state competition options. That’s fine, considering the high level of play within the state, especially in the Minneapolis-St. Paul area.
Players who are committed to the likes of North Carolina, Wisconsin, and Minnesota highlight our preseason All-Metro squad:
FORWARDS: Edina senioris one of the most clinical strikers in Minnesota and the state’s top prospect. She is coming off of a season where she scored 22 goals and tallied two assists. She was the sixth-leading scorer of the state last season. … Woodbury senior has already committed to the University of Minnesota. She is coming off of a 2020 season where she scored 10 goals and tallied three assists. … Blaine junior was the fourth-leading scorer in the state in 2020, netting 25 goals — with four game-winners — as a sophomore.
MIDFIELDERS: East Ridge senioris the state’s top midfielder prospect. She has committed to Wisconsin. Poor is an excellent midfielder with tidy footwork on the ball. She’s someone who maneuvers with ease on the pitch. She returns in 2021 to help lead a talented East Ridge side toward another section title. … Champlin Park junior attacking midfielder was an outstanding playmaker during the 2020 season, scoring 14 goals and adding 19 assists. She registered 52 shots over the course of the season with 34 of them on frame. … McKenna Lehman, a senior at Lakeville North is coming off a 2020 season where she registered three goals and four assists in 12 matches. Lehman has committed to the new NCAA Division I program at the University of St. Thomas (MN). … Hastings senior excels on and off the pitch. She was selected as an “ExCel” award recipient, honoring juniors around the state who excel in communication, education, and leadership. She was selected for all-conference and all-state playing honors and All-State Academic in 2020. She scored 10 goals and added three assists during the 2020 campaign. … Rogers senior is coming off a 2020 season where she tallied 12 goals and added four assists in 13 matches. Smith was also a member of the U.S. Youth National Futsal team in both 2018 and 2019, where she captained the side. Her creative ability on and off the field showcases her versatility when in the middle of the pitch.
DEFENDERS: Lakeville North senior Marlee Williams was an all-region performer in 2020 and returns to anchor the back line. She was selected as one of three team captains for the upcoming campaign. Her leadership from the back and defensive qualities will look to lead a talented roster towards a state playoff run. … Minneapolis Southwest senior Ella Wise, who will be a fourth-year starter, tallied two assists and a scored goal during the 2020 campaign, proving her versatility on both ends of the pitch.
GOALKEEPER: Simley senior Abby Boughton was stellar in net during the 2020 season, her first as a varsity starter. She recorded 87 saves and allowed only eight goals in 11 matches. She had a .916 save percentage.
|D||Marlee Williams||Lakeville North||Sr.|
|D||Ella Wise||Minneapolis Southwest||Sr.|
|M||Paige Kalal||Champlin Park||Jr.|
|M||McKenna Lehman||Lakeville North||Sr.||St. Thomas|
|M||Maddie Poor||East Ridge||Sr.||Wisconsin|
|F||Maddie Dahlien||Edina||Sr.||North Carolina|