Alex Abbott, Jay County
The Jay County sophomore forward moves with precision and speed when the ball is at his feet. He opened the season last week against Central in spectacular fashion with four goals and an assist. Abbott is picking up where he left off last season. He put together an impressive freshman campaign with nine goals and three assists.
Kevin Klett, Burris
The Burris senior midfielder draws a crowd whenever he touches the ball. Klett ignites the attack with his array of moves and powerful shot. He missed seven games last season due to injury and still paced the Owls with 11 goals. He tacked on three assists for good measure. The only concern for Klett is how his body will hold up this fall. He is a bit nicked up right now after an impressive club season for Carmel Elite U17.
Robert Lloyd, Yorktown
The aggressive speedster solidified the Yorktown defense last season. Lloyd split time between left back and stopper, and he excelled at both positions. This year, the Yorktown senior is in a new role as a forward, and his season-opening performance indicates he is aptly suited for that position, too. Lloyd netted a hat-trick and tallied an assist Saturday in a win at Rushville.
Drew Odle, Burris
The stingy Burris senior goalkeeper possesses excellent instincts, quick reflexes and soft hands. Odle recorded 10 clean sheets and surrendered only 13 goals in 1,441 minutes last season. The Owls will be without his services for the first few weeks, though. Odle partially tore a capsule in his left shoulder in a scrimmage against Yorktown, and his arm is in a sling.
Andrew Pheffer, New Castle
The dynamic senior forward scores goals at a steady rate for New Castle. Pheffer propelled the Trojans to victory in their season opener against Greenfield-Central by scoring the only goal of the game. He followed with the only New Castle goal two days later in a 2-1 loss at Connersville. Pheffer netted a Trojan-best 11 goals and tallied four assists last season.
— By Thomas St. Myer