The two-time All-Ozarks goalkeeper stepped up big when needed for the Irish, earning Class 1 Goalkeeper of the Year statewide.
“James is a player that is both tactically and technically gifted,” Catholic coach Tom Guinn said. “James has a great ability to distribute the ball from his feet, both in the air as a clearance and as a ball that is directed as a pass to his teammates.”
Straus had a goals-against average of 0.7 and posted 12 shutouts. He played in 28 games and gave up 18 goals.
The football kicker did double duty as the center back and a captain for the soccer Chiefs, who finished 22-4.
“He had a lot to do with us only allowing 22 goals this season,” Kickapoo coach Phil Hodge said.
Engleman was all over the place for Nixa throughout his career, helping the Eagles to an 18-7-1 mark as a senior, and winning two straight conference championships.
“Austin is probably the most versatile player we have had,” Nixa coach Evan Palmer said. “At some point in his four years, he played every position, including goalie.”
Engleman had 11 goals and 10 assists this season, spending the second half of the year as a defender.
The 6-foot-3 sweeper anchored the Joplin defense, leading the Eagles to a 20-3-1 season, sharing the Ozark Conference championship.
“He was really good with the ball in the air,” Joplin coach Ed Miller said. “He also was able to score some goals off free kicks the last couple of seasons and goes up for corner kicks as well.”
Locke scored four goals and had two assists.
College: Signed with Neosho County Community College
Craig battled a late-season injury and performed well in his team’s biggest games, and was a leader for the two-time defending champion Irish.
“Evan is a fierce competitor with a refuse-to-lose attitude,” Catholic coach Tom Guinn said. “A large reason for Evan to earn his accomplishments is due to his incredible fitness and endurance.”
Craig scored 33 goals and had 30 assists this fall.
College: Committed to Rockhurst
A target forward and captain for Kickapoo, which lost in the Class 3 state quarterfinals, McCutcheon shared all-district Most Valuable Player honors with teammate Elliott Williams.
“He was someone that we looked for consistently to find a way to get us a goal or set up a goal,” Kickapoo coach Phil Hodge said.
McCutcheon scored eight goals and had 12 assists.
Williams controlled the middle of the field for the Chiefs, who finished No. 9 in the Class 3 state rankings.
“He has a work rate like no one else,” Kickapoo coach Phil Hodge said.
Williams scored six goals and had seven assists this season.
Bauer stepped up as a senior for the district champion Falcons, who finished 16-7.
“Nic was an enforcer in the final third this year,” Glendale coach Jeff Rogers said. “He had nine game-winning goals, and when he saw an opportunity, he took it.”
Bauer had 28 goals and 19 assists this season.
Moncada set a school record for career goals, and also scored 61 goals and had 23 assists as a senior for the Class 1 state champions.
“Mitch is an extremely dangerous striker due to his ability to consistently finish goal-scoring opportunities with either foot,” Catholic coach Tom Guinn said. “When you combine that talent, along with the physical gifts that he has, then you have a player that is very difficult to defend.”
Moncada was named Class 1 Player of the Year statewide.
A second-time honoree on the All-Ozarks first team, Neathery will graduate as the all-time leading scorer at Nixa with 174 points. That total is 39 points higher than the No. 2 spot.
“He not only scored goals but was able to get the ball to his teammates in great positions to score,” Nixa coach Evan Palmer said. “More important than any records he set was the skill and determination he brought to the team.”
Neathery finished with 23 goals and 12 assists this season.
College: Richmond International Academic and Soccer Academy in England
Serratos was a team leader for the Tigers, who made history by reaching the finals in Class 2, the first runner-up soccer finish in school history.
“Ismael is one of the hardest-playing players that I’ve coached,” Carthage coach Jacob Osborne said. “It didn’t matter who we were playing against, count on Ismael to have a good game. He’s a very special player that has been one of the most dangerous goal scorers in the area the past two or three years.”
Serratos had 34 goals and 12 assists this fall for the Tigers.