By Chris Parker
There are many talented boys soccer players across our coverage area that features more than 30 teams. Below are some of the top boys soccer players to watch this season
This watchlist can be found in print in the Fall O-Zone Preview Magazine available this week at all southwest Missouri Casey’s general stores.
Grant Compere, Glendale, Senior
Glendale graduated one of its biggest class of seniors, which will mean an even bigger role for Compere. Compere was a Class 3 First-Team All-State selection and named the region’s Player of the Year. His great vision allowed him to setup teammates for goals with 21 assists.
Jonathan Perez, Monett, Junior
Perez helped anchor the Cubs defense in 2018 and earned a second-team all-state nod as a defender. This year, Perez will move up to the midfield. He should be an asset in that spot with his ability to read the game. The junior also was first-team all-district and second-team all-conference as a sophomore.
Zach Richards, Lebanon, Junior
Richards was the only underclassman named to Class 3 All-Southwest/Central Region team last year. The forward is working his way toward being one of the best scorers in program history. His 21 goals last year were the second-most in a single season in program history.
Loger Rodriguez, Monett, Senior
Rodriguez was one of the area’s most-productive players in 2018 when he scored 24 goals and contributed another 22 assists. He was named first-team all-conference, all-district and all-region with an honorable mention all-state nod. His shot and quickness make him such a threat on offense according to his coach.
Yahir Ruiz, Neosho, Senior
Ruiz was second-team all-conference, but got more respect on the wider stage earning all-region and first-team all-state honors in his junior year. He will be instrumental for the Wildcats as they work to win a third-consecutive district championship.
Gabe Stanislawski, Rolla, Senior
Stanislawski swept through postseason honors as a junior with first-team nods on the conference, district and region teams before being named second-team all-state. He did a little bit of everything in the midfield for the Bulldogs scoring 12 goals and setting up another 11 with assists.
TK Stine, Ozark, Senior
Stine had a breakout year on his way to a second-team all-state selection in Class 4 as a junior. He netted 22 goals and had seven assists last season. Stine was named first-team all-conference, all-district and all-region for his efforts.
Kyle Sutton, Branson, Senior
Sutton is poised to rewrite the Branson record book this year. He has 39 goals and 21 assists for his career and needs just eight goals and 12 assists to set school records in both. Last year, the forward was named first-team all-conference and all-region as a forward. He is one of only two first-team all-conference forwards returning in the COC.
Others to Watch
Carson Amstutz, Ozark, Senior
Aidan Bilbao, Kickapoo, Senior
Collin Farquhar, New Covenant, Senior
Nick Gomez, Catholic, Senior
Jack McAtee, Fair Grove, Senior
Nick Reid, Nixa, Junior
Luke Richards, Bolivar, Sophomore
Joseph Rollinson, Greenwood, Senior
Jung So, Central, Senior
Garrett Weber, Catholic, Senior