Luke Kiley was one of the Dublin Coffman High School boys soccer team’s most dynamic scorers and creators throughout his four seasons with the

program.

That was never more evident than when it was most important.

“You can’t replace a Luke,” coach Brian Stoddard said. “He’s got a bright future. As great as Luke is, he has another level in the postseason. He has a different focus level. His work rate comes up. It allows us to do even more because he gets so much attention. It frees up space for other guys.”

The senior forward, who has been named ThisWeek’s Super 12 captain, has been recognized at multiple levels for his abilities.

The OCC-Central Division and Division I district Player of the Year, Kiley also was named Ohio Mr. Soccer after a season in which he scored 24 goals and helped the Shamrocks reach a state semifinal for the first time.

Kiley, who also had 11 assists during the regular season, will continue his playing career at Georgetown University.

“It was a great honor to get (Mr. Soccer) knowing how hard it is and the great players who have gotten it in the past,” Kiley said.

“It means a lot knowing my hard work and dedication is being recognized. I feel like I can always keep working on my attitude and work rate before I get to Georgetown.”

The Shamrocks have won seven consecutive district titles and went a combined 66-11-8 with Kiley as a key player, including 19-2-2 this fall when they also won their second consecutive league title.

On Nov. 4, Kiley scored his final two prep goals as Coffman beat Dublin Jerome 5-0 in a regional final. The Shamrocks lost to Beavercreek 1-0 in two overtimes Nov. 8 in a state semifinal.

“My senior year went very well,” Kiley said. “I didn’t score as many goals as I wanted to, but we were the winningest team in Coffman history. I feel like I got better as a leader being a captain of the team.”

Super 12

MAX BRENNAN

This junior midfielder helped lead Marysville to a Division I district final, which the Monarchs lost to Hilliard Darby 1-0 to finish 11-2-5 overall.

Brennan had 16 goals and 10 assists and was named first-team all-district and all-league and second-team all-state. He scored a season-high three goals in a 9-0 win over Urbana on Oct. 3.

"Max is a bright and (funny) individual who never fails to pick his team up when they need him," assistant coach Joey Dougherty said. "This season, (Brennan) and Matthew Walters dominated the field and spread havoc amongst the opposing defenders. Max has always been a brilliant player on the field and an even better person off."

CHRIS DOWLING

With this senior leading the way, Dublin Jerome won its third consecutive OCC-Cardinal and Division I district titles.

Dowling was part of a midfield corps that was the Celtics' biggest strength this season. A first-team all-state, all-district and all-league selection, he finished with 10 goals and 10 assists as the Celtics finished 14-2-5 overall and 5-0-1 in the league.

He had one goal as the Celtics beat Westerville South 4-2 on Nov. 1 in a regional semifinal. They ended up as regional runners-up.

"Chris is not necessarily going to be the crazy speed demon, but he's the type of guy everybody wants," coach Nate Maust said. "He's the glue."

EMEKA ENELI

Although he was new to Dublin Coffman, this senior midfielder who previously played for Crew SC Academy fit in immediately.

Eneli, who has committed to Cornell, scored 23 goals and earned first-team all-district and all-league and second-team all-state honors as Coffman stretched its district-title streak to seven.

The Shamrocks went 19-2-2 overall and 4-0-1 in the OCC-Central to win their second consecutive league title.

"A lot of people don't know, don't understand the quality (player) he is," coach Brian Stoddard said. "He comes alive in tight spaces, he understands how to move off the ball and he's got a great personality about it. ... and he's just a class act."

JASON FLEISCHMAN

This senior forward had 11 goals and five assists to help Hilliard Darby post a 10-5-6 record.

Fleischman, a first-team all-league and second-team all-district honoree, scored the program's biggest goal to date during a 1-0 win over Marysville on Oct. 28 to give the Panthers their first district title. They lost to Dublin Coffman 5-1 on Nov. 1 in a Division I regional semifinal.

"Jason is an extremely hard-working player," coach Kyle Reichle said. "He is relentless on the field and creates opportunities for himself and the team by not giving up on a play. He set the tone and the rest of the team followed. That's the kind of leader he is."

CRISTIAN GOMEZ

Gomez, a junior midfielder at DeSales, recorded 16 goals and 10 assists to help the Stallions to their third Division II state championship in four years and seventh overall.

Gomez has started each of the team's 68 games since his freshman season. He was first-team all-district and all-league and second-team all-state as DeSales went 22-0-1 overall and 4-0 in the CCL.

"Cristian has demonstrated the ability to identify the opponent's weakness and change tactical play on the field during the match to exploit that to our advantage," assistant coach Ben Brooks said. "Cristian's soccer IQ is off the charts with his technical skills (being) just as impressive."

HECTOR GOMEZ

Gomez, a senior midfielder at DeSales, ended a stellar prep career by assisting on three goals in a 4-0 win over Bay Village Bay in the Division II state final Nov. 11.

Gomez, who was limited in the last four games by a high left ankle sprain but played more than 57 minutes in the final, had 24 goals and 20 assists and was named state Player of the Year. He was first-team all-state for the second consecutive year.

This season, DeSales went 22-0-1 overall and 4-0 in the CCL.

"Hector's technical skills and vision make him a danger from anywhere on the field," assistant coach Ben Brooks said. "The bigger the game and opponent, the better Hector performs."

MALANI LUNGU

Lungu helped Westerville South win its first district title since 1993, as the Wildcats upset top-seeded Olentangy Liberty 2-1 in a shootout Oct. 28.

The senior midfielder finished the season with six goals and six assists. He was named first-team all-district and all-OCC-Buckeye and second-team all-state. South lost to Dublin Jerome 4-2 in a Division I regional semifinal Nov. 1 to finish 11-5-4.

"Malani has a special way of impacting the game and those around him in a positive way," coach Wynleux Henderson said. "I've had the pleasure of coaching Malani the past two years and we've put a lot of weight on his shoulders to carry his team, and he's always stepped up to the occasion."

COLIN MCCORT

Olentangy Liberty's breakout season was tied heavily to this senior midfielder who will continue his soccer career at Bowling Green.

McCort had 16 goals and eight assists as Liberty spent most of the regular season ranked first in the Division I state poll.

Liberty went 9-4-4 a year ago but improved to 14-2-2 this season, winning the OCC-Buckeye at 4-0-1 and receiving the top seed for the district tournament. The Patriots lost to Westerville South 2-1 in a shootout in a district final Oct. 28.

"Our success was predicated on what he did offensively," coach Marc D'Auteuil said. "What we saw every day was his leadership and work rate and the intangibles you need from a senior captain."

BRENNAN NINCEHELSER

Nincehelser, a junior defender at Pickerington North, anchored a lockdown defense and added four goals as the Panthers won their second consecutive OCC-Ohio title.

Nincehelser was league Player of the Year, first-team all-district and second-team all-state as North went 12-4-2 overall and 5-0 in the OCC-Ohio, losing to Olentangy 1-0 in a Division I district semifinal Oct. 25.

The Panthers recorded 10 shutouts, tying a regular-season record, and after a 3-0 loss to Dublin Coffman on Sept. 5 did not give up a goal in seven consecutive games until a 1-all tie at Bexley on Oct. 7.

"Brennan is always hard-working and extremely supportive of his teammates," coach Darrin Monhollen said.

WES RYAN

Ryan, a senior forward, helped lead Grandview to its fourth consecutive Division III district championship and its second regional title in four seasons. The second-ranked Bobcats finished 17-1-4 overall, losing to top-ranked and eventual champion Cincinnati Summit Country Day 3-2 on Nov. 8 in a state semifinal.

Ryan was named first-team all-state, district Player of the Year and first-team all-league. He scored 36 goals and had 15 assists.

"Wes is without a doubt the leader of the group," coach James Gerdes said. "His work rate and his passion for soccer is contagious across the team. He has a passion for the sport and its tactics and strives to be better."

IAN SMITH

Smith made the transition from defender to midfielder and helped St. Charles finish 13-3-2 overall, losing to Hilliard Darby 2-1 in a Division I district semifinal Oct. 25.

The senior had seven goals and seven assists and was named second-team all-state and first-team all-district and all-league. The Cardinals were second (3-1) in the CCL behind DeSales (4-0).

"Ian defines St. Charles soccer in discipline, sacrifice and intensity," coach Chris Vonau said. "He is truly a selfless player, always thinking about his role within the system rather than personal gratification or accomplishments. He will be sorely missed for his talents on and off the field."

Smith, who has not made a college selection, had five goals and one assist last season as the Cardinals were state runners-up.

Honorable Mention

Brad Biehl, Wellington, Sr., F; Ryan Birgeneau, Granville, Sr., F; Noah Boffo, New Albany, Jr., F; Jacob Borcila, Westerville Central, Jr., G; Wes Collins, Olentangy Liberty, Sr., D; Manny Day, Grandview, Jr., F; Will Isaac, Grove City, Jr., F; Brody Kannally, Delaware, Sr., M; Ryan Kayalar, Hilliard Bradley, Sr., F; Zach Lantzy, Grove City Christian, Sr., M; Mason McCoy, Canal Winchester, Sr., M; Nick Miller, Olentangy, Sr., M; Jack Ostrowski, Columbus Academy, Sr., M; Carter Patchett, Dublin Jerome, Sr., M/F; James Powers, Bexley, Sr., M; Jacob Roberts, Worthington Kilbourne, Sr., M; Len Sasaki, Thomas Worthington, Sr., D; and Kyle Smith, Worthington Christian, Sr., D.

Past Captains

St. Charles' Kristo Strickler (2016); Dublin Jerome's Ian Black (2015); Olentangy Liberty's Donny Deep (2014) and Sam DeRoy (2012); Dublin Coffman's Ben Kinney (2013); Worthington Christian's Brett Elder (2011); Gahanna Lincoln'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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