Boys Soccer Super 12 Team

Coffman's Kinney caps comeback with honors

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Junior Ben Kinney recorded 13 goals and 12 assists in leading Coffman to a 16-3-2 record. Kinney was named Division I first-team all-state and was the district and league player of the year.
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After missing time last season with injured knees, junior forward Ben Kinney returned to full strength this season and helped the Dublin Coffman High School boys soccer team reach its third consecutive Division I regional final.

Kinney, who finished with 13 goals and 12 assists, was named captain of ThisWeek's Super 12 team.

Last season, Kinney suffered from osteochondritis dissecans, a joint condition in which a piece of cartilage and a thin layer of bone come loose from the end of the bone, in both knees. He opted for rest instead of surgery in preparation for this season.

"He had some injury issues last year, but obviously this year he came back fully healthy and really had a great season," coach Steve Watts said.

Kinney was named Division I first-team all-state and was the district and OCC-Central Division Player of the Year.

"Ben was wowing everyone at our summer workouts at open fields," Watts said. "He's been a three-year starter for us. He's definitely one of our go-to guys."

Coffman lost to Olentangy Liberty 2-1 in overtime in a regional final Nov. 2, but Kinney's second-half goal tied the game at 1. It was the fourth consecutive season in which the Shamrocks were ousted from the postseason by the Patriots and the third year in a row it happened in a regional final. Coffman went 16-3-2 overall and won the OCC-Central title at 6-1, a game ahead of Liberty and Thomas Worthington. The Shamrocks beat the Patriots 1-0 on Oct. 1 in league play.

Kinney said he would trade his postseason awards for a state title.

"I would definitely trade it all in just to be state champion. It's nice to get the awards, but soccer is a team sport. Individual awards don't mean quite as much."

Kinney is drawing interest from several Division I colleges.

"Every college that has contacted me about some of our senior players has also thrown in that 'We also like Ben,'" Watts said. "All Ben has told me so far is he definitely wants to go to a big (Division I) school. There's definitely some options in Ohio and beyond for him."

•OTHER FIRST-TEAM SELECTIONS -- Robert Castillo (Hilliard Bradley, Sr., F), Joey Cipicchio (Worthington Kilbourne, Sr., G), Daltyn Colley (Canal Winchester, Sr., D), Sam Condon (Worthington Christian, Sr., F), Donny Deep (Olentangy Liberty, Jr., M), Anthony Flowers (New Albany, Sr., G), Trevor Funk (Watterson, Sr., G), Christian Grimme (Gahanna, Sr., G), Jack Lint (Columbus Academy, Sr., M), Hunter Robertston (Westerville Central, Sr., M), Antonio Romanelli (DeSales, So., M.

•HONORABLE MENTION -- Spencer Bumpus (Hilliard Davidson, Sr., D), Devin Collins (Olentangy Liberty, Sr., D), Emmanuel Dapaa (Gahanna Christian, So., M), Hakim Diaw (Columbus International, Jr., F), Cory Dietz (Olentangy Orange, Sr., M), Tyler Dunn (Grove City, Sr., M), Alex Eikenberry (Bexley, Sr., D), Ben Frazier (Thomas Worthington, Sr., F), Drew Hicks (St. Charles, Sr., D), Isaac Magnusson (Pickerington North, Sr., M), Josh McErlean (Westerville South, Sr., F), Pat McHugh (Grandview, Sr., D), Liam Pyles (Dublin Coffman, Sr., M), Logan Schwing (Olentangy, Sr., F), Dominic Zumpone (Big Walnut, Sr., D/M).

•PAST CAPTAINS -- Olentangy Liberty's Sam DeRoy (2012); Worthington Christian's Brett Elder (2011); Gahanna's Wil Trapp (2009-10) and Michael Lavric (2006); Worthington Kilbourne's Matt Wiet (2008), Jeff Rusch (2004), Chris Wolever (2001), Danny O'Rourke (2000) and Matt Salmon (1997); Hilliard Davidson's Colby Catlett (2007); Big Walnut's Braden Fleak (2005); Westerville North's Jeff Lenix (2003); Reynoldsburg's Tony Labudovski (2002) and Thomas Worthington's Troy Perkins (1999) and Andy Rutledge (1998).

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