When it comes to analyzing Kristo Strickler's game, St. Charles Preparatory School soccer coach Chris Vonau struggles to find a flaw.

When it comes to analyzing Kristo Strickler's game, St. Charles Preparatory School soccer coach Chris Vonau struggles to find a flaw.

Strickler scored a team-high 19 goals and added 14 assists while leading the Cardinals to their first state tournament appearance in 25 years. They finished 21-1-1 overall, losing to Cleveland St. Ignatius 2-1 on Nov. 13 in the Division I state final at Mapfre Stadium.

"Kristo is the total package," Vonau said. "He makes no excuses; he comes out

day in and day out and works hard to get better. It's tough to find a flaw in his technical abilities."

Strickler's abilities led to him being named first-team all-state, the district's Player of the Year, first-team all-CCL and captain of ThisWeek's Super 12 boys team.

The senior midfielder is the first Super 12 captain from St. Charles.

A moment from the state final illustrates what Strickler meant to the Cardinals. He assisted on the team's only goal, a Charlie Marshall header that tied the game at 1 with 20 minutes, 5 seconds left in the second half.

"Kristo scored 19 goals for us, but he also had 14 assists and those numbers don't even come close to showing the importance of what he meant to our offense," Vonau said. "He's selfless and was a leader on and off the field.

"His vision is amazing. Kristo can find teammates when no one else can. He knows where everyone is on the field. It's also amazing how he can get through tackles. He's physical, but also very crafty with the ball."

It was St. Charles' first state tournament appearance since 1991, when it lost to Bay Village Bay 2-1 in a shootout in the Division II title game.

The Cardinals won their first district championship since 1994 by defeating Hilliard Darby 3-0 on Oct. 29. They won a regional title by beating Dublin Coffman 3-1 on Nov. 5 and tied DeSales for the CCL title at 3-0-1.

"I tried to savor every moment of the season," Strickler said. "It was unbelievable and I can't believe that it's over. It was a great run."

Strickler has not made a college decision. He had 38 goals and 35 assists in his career.

"His game is so complete that it's hard to find a flaw," Vonau said. "Maybe he could be more unselfish with the ball, but he has it all in terms of technical and mental aspects."

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Also on the team

RIVER ALLBAUGH

Allbaugh, a senior forward, led Pickerington North to the OCC-Ohio title and its fifth Division I district runner-up finish.

He scored a team-high 14 goals and finished his career with a program-record 39. He was named first-team all-league and all-district as well as league Player of the Year and second-team all-state.

North finished 15-3-1 overall and 4-1 in the league, losing to New Albany 3-0 in a district final Oct. 29.

"River possesses a high level of skill and soccer IQ," coach Darrin Monhollen said. "A four-year letterwinner and team captain, River is a class act, always remaining positive when inspiring his teammates. For his efforts on the field, he is very deserving of all the honors he has earned."

TYLER ARNOLD

This Westerville Central junior midfielder capped a standout season by being named first-team all-state and all-district as well as OCC-Buckeye Player of the Year.

Arnold set program records for points (50) and goals in a season (20) while helping the Warhawks win the OCC-Buckeye title at 4-1. He scored both goals in Central's 2-0 league win over Westerville South on Oct. 13.

Central finished 13-5-1 overall, losing to Hilliard Davidson 2-1 in a Division I district semifinal Oct. 26.

"Tyler is a great player who has a true passion for the game of soccer," coach Dave Pence said. "He is not only a skilled player with the ball at his feet, but also loves to get his teammates involved in the game as well."

MITCHELL BERGMAN

Expected to play center back for Ohio State next fall, Bergman saw time at forward as a senior for Hartley. He had 16 goals and 12 assists and was named Division II district Player of the Year.

After helping the Hawks win their first district title a year ago, Bergman led them to a 13-5-1 record and a district runner-up finish.

"Mitchell is everything you want in a player on and off the field," coach Chris Kowalski said. "His leadership, poise and ability to make everyone else on the field better makes him an all-around threat when he's playing up top or in the back. His versatility allowed us to play many different tactical styles this year. He had an excellent senior campaign despite being asked to do so many things."

BEN BEUERLEIN

With this first-team all-state and all-district defender leading the way, Dublin Jerome won the OCC-Cardinal championship and a second consecutive Division I district title.

Jerome finished 15-6 despite battling injuries to several key players, including Beuerlein, a senior who was league Player of the Year. He was among those who could not play in a 6-3 loss to Dublin Coffman in a regional semifinal Nov. 2.

The Celtics posted six shutouts.

"Basically, any time we lost was when Beuerlein missed," coach Nate Maust said. "He's that critical of a player. He's one of the best defenders I've coached, just a great leader on the field. He's just a great teammate to have, one of the most skilled players we've had and just a great player."

HECTOR GOMEZ

Gomez, a junior midfielder and three-year starter, had 31 goals and 18 assists – both team highs – as DeSales fell two wins short of its third consecutive Division II state title.

Gomez was first-team all-CCL for the third consecutive year. He also was first-team all-state and all-district.

DeSales finished 18-1-3, losing to Kettering Alter 2-1 in a state semifinal Nov. 9.

"Hector's technical skills and vision of the field make him a danger to the opposition from anywhere on the field," assistant coach Ben Brooks said. "Hector has demonstrated the ability to identify the opponent's weakness and change tactical play … to exploit that to his team's advantage. The bigger the game and opponent, the better Hector performs."

RYAN HUELSMAN

This senior forward scored 13 goals and had a team-high 19 assists for St. Charles, which lost the Division I state final to Cleveland St. Ignatius 2-1 on Nov. 13 to finish 21-1-1 overall.

Huelsman, an Ohio Wesleyan recruit, was named second-team all-state and first-team all-district and all-CCL. He increased his scoring from 11 goals and nine assists last season.

"Ryan has a great attacking ability and we have several different ways we use him," coach Chris Vonau said. "He is a threat on throw-ins. He brings a different side to the picture with his mental drive and focus."

The Cardinals won their first regional title since 1991, their first district title since 1994 and tied DeSales for the CCL title at 3-0-1.

LUKE KILEY

This junior forward was the offensive leader for Dublin Coffman, which won its sixth consecutive Division I district title.

Kiley had 27 goals and 10 assists while making first-team all-state and all-district. He also was OCC-Central Player of the Year.

The Shamrocks went 17-2-2 overall and won the league at 5-0. He had four goals in a 6-3 win over Dublin Jerome in a regional semifinal Nov. 2 and scored in a 3-1 loss to St. Charles in a regional final Nov. 5.

"It wasn't like he piled up goals against easy teams," coach Brian Stoddard said. "The majority of his goals came against good teams. We knew he was a special kind of striker, and as the season wore on, we definitely had the best striker in the state in my opinion."

MATT KILEY

An Ohio State recruit, this senior midfielder impressed Dublin Coffman coach Brian Stoddard most with his versatility and unselfishness.

"This year Matt was a captain, and everything he did exuded leadership," Stoddard said. "He's always been a left back, but we moved him into a different role this year. He said wherever you need me to play, he'd play anywhere. So we played him at left midfielder and left winger, playing him outside of his natural role. He excelled in that role as well."

Kiley finished with 12 goals and 10 assists. He was first-team all-district and all-OCC-Central and second-team all-state.

He scored one goal as Coffman beat Olentangy Orange 4-3 in a Division I district final Oct. 29.

REMI RODNEY

This senior was a key playmaker as New Albany won its first Division I district title.

Rodney had four goals and six assists, and as a center back helped lead a defense that posted eight shutouts, allowed only one goal in eight more games and gave up only 17 goals in all.

The three-year letterwinner was named OCC-Capital Player of the Year as well as first-team all-district and second-team all-state.

New Albany went 15-3-2 overall and 5-0 in the OCC-Capital, setting the program record for wins. Two of its losses came to state runner-up St. Charles, including 3-2 in a regional semifinal Nov. 2.

"Remi played a vital role in our success this season," coach Johnny Ulry said. "He has been the outspoken leader of the program."

DEREK RUBADEUX

Although he didn't impact Olentangy Liberty in terms of scoring goals, this junior defender's best attribute might have been his consistency.

A center back, Rubadeux played the most minutes of any Patriots player as they posted three shutouts, went 9-4-4 and reached a Division I district semifinal.

Rubadeux was first-team all-OCC-Buckeye and all-district and second-team all-state.

"Stats don't tell the story on Derek," coach Rick Collins said. "He's the heart of our defense and controls so much of what we were able to do this year. He's strong, skilled and a very smart player knowing how to read the game and position himself and the defense. He starts a lot of our attack through his build-up play and is vital to the way we play."

RYAN SCHOENER

This senior defender capped his career at Hilliard Davidson by being named first-team all-district and all-OCC-Central and second-team all-state.

A four-year starter and two-year captain, Schoener helped the Wildcats reach a Division I district final, which they lost to Dublin Jerome 3-2 on Oct. 29 to finish 10-6-3.

He also helped the Wildcats advance to the 2015 state final and win a district championship in 2014. Davidson lost that state title game to Cleveland St. Ignatius 4-0.

Schoener plans to play in college, but has not committed to a school.

"His instinctive style of play and his technical abilities and decision-making are what set him apart from his peers," coach Dan Hoover said.

Honorable mention

Matt Adams (Watterson, Sr., M), Tre' Boger (Hilliard Darby, Sr., D), Jacob Champe (Westerville South, Sr., M), Michael Chilton (Pickerington Central, Sr., F), Christian Gomez (DeSales, So., M), Amit Greenshtein (New Albany, Sr., F), Brian Juttner (Olentangy Orange, Sr., D), Ryan Kayalar, (Hilliard Bradley, Jr., F), Nick Miller (Olentangy, Jr., M), Wes Ryan (Grandview, Jr., F), Aziz Sanat (Beechcroft, Sr., F), Shay Smith (Worthington Christian, Sr., F), Ben Sobotka (Dublin Jerome, Sr., F), Jaxson Szabo (Thomas Worthington, Sr., M) and Connor Weber (Wellington, Sr., M)

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