All-Area Boys Soccer Profiles

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Hayden Speaks, Sr., Cathedral

Led Crusaders with 22 goals and a school record 18 assists.

“By the end of the year, he was clearly drawing pressure and using it to set up his partners in scoring positions. He is strong, fast, confident, and has a huge appetite for the ball. He’s not afraid of responsibility, and that’s vital for a forward.” — Cathedral coach John Pepper

Said Gure, Sr., Apollo

Led Eagles with 27 goals…voted team offensive MVP…All-Central Lakes Conference…plans to go to college and interested in political offices.

“Gure’s ability to stretch the field and hold the opposing defenders at bay is a great asset the team will miss. Gure is a dynamic player who attacks the opposing team’s defense with dazzling speed and great appetite for the net. He takes the ball straight at defenders and it is not surprising that he was Apollo’s leading scorer.” — Apollo coach Ganard Orionzi

Kyle Erickson, Jr., Sartell

Led the team with 8 goals and 11 assists…also played midfield. All-Central Lakes Conference.

“Has excellent footwork and great field vision. Ability to find the open player. Has great game speed and quickness.” — Sartell coach Matt Hager

Irvin Rivera, Sr., Tech

Scored 16 goals with 22 assists…captain and All-Central Lakes Conference…applied to several colleges but hasn’t decided on one.

“He has an eye for the net and and very determined player. He is dependable and moves without the ball to create open spaces.” — Tech coach Nantha Viswanathan

Midfielders

Myles Hagen, Sr., Cathedral

Finished with six goals and 10 assists…captain…attacking midfielder.

“We asked him to always be available to the man with the ball, we asked him to press into offensive positions, and we asked him to win balls in the air in the middle of the field. He did all of those things as well as chase down opponents. His work rate was unsurpassed.” — John Pepper

Hamse Abdule, Sr., Apollo

Scored 18 goals…captain…All-Central Lakes Conference…plans to go to a four-year college and become a teacher…aspires to play professional soccer.

“With a touch as smooth as silk and exceedingly entertaining skills, Abdule was the go-to player for the team. His humble attitude, his vision to create opportunities for teammates, and his ability to take on more than one opposing player with ease, provided the necessary balance and leadership for the team to control the tempo of the game. He is also very elusive and can strike within moments.” — Ganard Orionzi

Thomas Bell, So., Little Falls

Finished with six goals and 10 assists…All-Granite Ridge Conference.

“He is the orchestrator of our offense playing attacking midfield. Started off the year a bit slow, but was really playing well by the end of the season. He is a leader on the field.” — Little Falls coach Julie Bell

Defense

Kyle Gapinski, Sr., Little Falls

All-state honorable mention…All-Granite Ridge Conference…team MVP…four-year varsity starter on defense…two assists on the season…captain…plans to attend North Dakota State for engineering.

“He is very aggressive with good speed and always works hard.” — Julie Bell

Cory Waldron, Sr., Apollo

Finished with a goal and four assists…captain…voted team MVP for defense…All-Central Lakes Conference…plans to attend college, play soccer and become a pilot.

“Waldron is an unyielding player, who defends with exemplary tenacity and brilliance. Waldron is probably the most undercredited player on the team. He has the skills and versatility to play anywhere in the field, but due to team needs he played central defender with commitment and enthusiasm. While playing as last defender, he was still able to score one goal and assist in at least four others.” — Ganard Orionzi

Connor Amundson, Sr., Cathedral

“It’s easy to overlook the importance of communication among defenders, but good communication is essential to successful team defense. Many players are reluctant to tell other players what to do, but a good central defender has to be able to direct his teammates. It requires vision and composure and confidence. Connor may be the best communicating sweeper we’ve ever had, and it helped our defense be outstanding this year.” — John Pepper

Goalkeeper

Skylar Gardner, Sr. Sartell

Recorded 10 shutouts, two in the playoffs…All-Central Lakes Conference…captain.

“Was the big reason in the victory vs. Apollo in the shootout in the playoffs.” — Matt Hager

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