Manny Day was nearly impossible to stop this season.
The senior forward scored 50 goals and added nine assists to lead the Grandview Heights High School boys soccer team, which reached a Division III state semifinal before losing to Miamisburg Dayton Christian 3-2. Day scored his 49th and 50th goals in the first 20 minutes to give the Bobcats a 2-0 lead.
"We were actually trying to man-mark (Day) while he was scoring," said Dayton Christian coach Neil Craft, whose team went on to lose to Archbold 2-1 in the state final. "We just tightened up a little bit. He's probably the best player in the state in all reality and we gave him too much of a window twice, and he made us pay."
Day was named first-team all-state and all-MSL-Ohio Division, district Player of the Year and ThisWeek's Super 12 captain.
"Manny has always had natural speed, ability and intelligence, but this year he brought confidence with him," said Bobcats coach James Gerdes, whose team finished 16-3-3 overall. "We built our team around his strengths of being able to take players on, to dribble and shoot. He's a fantastic player and a great student of the game to coach."
Day had 11 goals in Grandview's final three postseason games. He scored six in a 7-2 win over Wellington in a regional semifinal and all three in a 3-0 victory over Berlin Hiland in the regional final.
Day helped the Bobcats win their fifth consecutive district title by scoring a goal in a 2-0 win over Johnstown in the final.
Grandview also tied Columbus Academy for the MSL-Ohio title at 2-1-1.
Day has yet to select a college. He had 28 goals and 21 assists as a junior.
"I think in previous years Manny was carrying some injuries," Gerdes said. "He shrugged off a back injury and he also grew a couple inches. The more he played, the more he was able to grow as a player and he was able to do more for the team."First team
The senior midfielder for New Albany recorded 19 goals and 13 assists to lead the Eagles to an undefeated regular season.
A Xavier commit, Boffo was named Division I state and district Player of the Year as well as OCC-Capital Player of the Year.
New Albany went 17-1 overall, losing to Dublin Jerome 2-1 (4-3 on penalty kicks) in a district semifinal, and 5-0 in the league.
"Noah has been a tremendous player for our program," coach Johnny Ulry said. "We could always count on Noah to be our main scoring threat, but what we are going to miss the most is the way he trained and prepared. His example of committing to be great is a legacy that will stay with our young players for years to come."
The senior goalkeeper for Westerville Central capped a stellar prep career by totaling 131 saves and posting six shutouts and a 1.33 goals-against average.
Borcila was named OCC-Buckeye Player of the Year, first-team all-district and second-team all-state in Division I as Central finished 12-4-4 overall and was a district runner-up. Borcila holds the program records for saves in a season (131), game (14), and career (316) as well as career shutouts (23) and shares the program record for shutouts in a season (9).
"Jacob's commitment to hard work and his true love of the game is what made him one of the best goalkeepers in the state," coach Dave Pence said.
This senior midfielder was a potent scoring threat for St. Charles, which finished 15-4-2 overall after losing to Olentangy Liberty 2-1 in overtime in a Division I regional final.
Buendia, who has committed to play for Saint Louis, totaled 11 goals and 13 assists and was named first-team all-state, all-district and all-league.
"I think Christian's biggest qualities are that he finds passes no one else can find and his ability to read the game is at a whole different level," coach Chris Vonau said. "He gave up shots of his own to get others in the game. Christian more or less is a leader by example. He's a man of few words, but when he does talk, people listen."
Dublin Coffman followed a Division I state semifinal finish in 2017 with another strong season, winning its eighth consecutive district championship and third OCC-Central title in a row on its way to a 14-3-3 record.
This junior midfielder was named first-team all-league and all-district and second-team all-state.
DesRoches had 13 goals and six assists, including the game-winner in a 3-2 victory over eventual state runner-up Cincinnati Moeller in the Shamrocks' regular-season finale.
"With the graduation of so many talented upperclassmen, his confidence and leadership helped a very young team ... put together another fine season for our program," coach Brian Stoddard said.
With this junior multi-faceted talent leading the way, Wellington continued one of the greatest three-year periods in program history by winning the MSL-Cardinal and reaching a Division III regional semifinal.
Dulle saw time at midfielder and forward and had 15 goals and 16 assists. He was named league Player of the Year as well as first-team all-district and all-state.
The Jaguars, who also were district champions in 2016 and district runners-up last fall, finished 14-5-1 overall.
"Eli is the most technical player in Division III in the Central District," coach J.J. Bain said. "He's a really versatile player. ... He's going to have a really bright future."
The senior midfielder at Pickerington North scored 12 goals in his only season with the Panthers, helping them win their third consecutive OCC-Ohio championship and first Division I district title.
An Ohio State recruit, Durbin had played the previous five years for Crew SC Academy.
Durbin shared league Player of the Year honors with teammates Reece Allbaugh and Will Harr and was first-team all-district and second-team all-state. North went 18-2 overall, losing to Olentangy Liberty 2-0 in a regional semifinal, and 5-0 in the OCC-Ohio.
"Brayden's crafty play, intense competitive spirit and ability to lead are extraordinary," coach Darrin Monhollen said.
After being a Division I regional runner-up in 2017, Dublin Jerome had an inexperienced team that leaned on this senior midfielder for leadership.
Fassett was named first-team all-OCC-Cardinal and all-district as the Celtics were a district finalist and finished 9-6-5. He scored all their goals in a 3-1 victory over Watterson in a second-round district game.
"Luke is without a doubt one of the most critical soccer players on our team," coach Nate Maust said. "He controls our midfield and generates offense. He has great strength on defense and has excellent field vision and touch. ... He's one of the hardest-working players. Luke was a key factor in our postseason run."
The senior midfielder for DeSales was named Ohio's Mr. Soccer and Division II state Player of the Year after helping lead the Stallions to their fifth consecutive regional championship.
Gomez had 11 goals and four assists as DeSales went 18-4, losing in a state semifinal.
"Cristian is asked to play where the team's need is greatest," assistant coach Ben Brooks said. "Cristian has the ability to play the ball to the right space at the right time with the perfect pace. His understanding of the game and his ability to identify the opponent's weakness and change tactical play on the field during the match to exploit that is what sets him apart."
The senior forward for Pickerington North set the program record for goals in a season. His 27 goals broke the record of 19 set by his brother, Jake, in 2014, and shared OCC-Ohio Player of the Year honors with teammates Reece Allbaugh and Brayden Durbin. Harr also was first-team all-district and second-team all-state.
The Panthers went 18-2 overall and 5-0 in the OCC-Ohio to win their third consecutive league championship.
"Will Harr's speed, athleticism and gritty play make him extremely difficult to contain," coach Darrin Monhollen said. "These characteristics are what made a team co-captain, (our) best offensive player and more."
With this junior defensive midfielder leading the way, Olentangy Liberty posted 10 shutouts on its way to finishing with an 18-3 record that included a 1-0 overtime loss to Cincinnati Moeller in a Division I state semifinal. Harris was named first-team all-OCC-Buckeye and all-district as well as second-team all-state.
"If there's a better defensive center-midfielder in the state, I don't know who it is," coach Marc D'Auteuil said. "Athletically, he's as good as it gets for a soccer player. He's really strong, really good in the air and his improvement was in his distribution. He's kind of like a jack-of-all-trades in that he can play in the back or up top in the midfield. He doesn't show up on the stat sheet, but has kind of been our glue."
One of the few key seniors for Olentangy Liberty, this forward was what coach Marc D'Auteuil called a "catalyst" for the Patriots' success.
Rajmohan scored the game's first goal and set up the winning goal in a 2-1 overtime victory over St. Charles in a regional final.
He finished with 14 goals and 18 assists and was a first-team all-OCC-Buckeye, all-district and all-state selection as the Patriots went 18-3 and won the league title.
"The last two years, his growth and development has been pretty astonishing," D'Auteuil said.
"Toward the end of (last) year he was one of our more important players. This year he stepped up into a leadership role. He's got a tremendous work rate, is a really smart soccer player and is just an overall great kid."Honorable mention
Dominic Antronica, Olentangy Berlin, Jr., M; Drew Clement, Olentangy, Jr., M; Fernando Dapino, Upper Arlington, Sr., F; Ian Davison, Worthington Christian, Sr., D; Logan Evans, Worthington Kilbourne, Sr., M; Drew Fischer, New Albany, Sr., F; Jack Francisco, DeSales, Jr., F; Jackson Janetski, Hilliard Darby, Sr., M; Briggy Kannally, Delaware, Jr., M; Colin Kirkley, Dublin Coffman, Jr., M; Ethan Love, Hilliard Bradley, Sr., M; Zack McQuade, Dublin Scioto, Jr., M; Nate Russell, Reynoldsburg, Jr., D; Tyler Schlonsky, Columbus Academy, Sr., F; Owen Sullivan, St. Charles, Sr., M; Jon Tchounguen, Thomas Worthington, Sr., M; Casey Thompson, Grove City, Jr., G; and Ben Ziegler, Bexley, Jr., GPast captains
Dublin Coffman’s Luke Kiley (2017) and Ben Kinney (2013); St. Charles’ Kristo Strickler (2016); Dublin Jerome’s Ian Black (2015); Olentangy Liberty’s Donny Deep (2014) and 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)