Yesterday, Kyle Folds and Matthew McLaughlin were named as Allstate All-Americans. A high honor indeed, but far from the only awards the Wildcats have earned.
Eight different Wildcats have received individual honors, and the team also achieved a high prize – Team Academic All-American.
The 2018 season marks the 20th straight year the Wildcats earned All-American status for excellent work in the program. Head Soccer Coach Mike McLaughlin '85 has always placed a high priority on academics, balancing schoolwork and sports. The Wildcats recorded a team GPA of 3.48 this season.
Beyond the team award, plenty of individual honors have been doled out since the end of the season.
Both McLaughlin and Folds earned first team All-Ohio recognition. McLaughlin led the team in scoring this year with 16 goals and 17 assists for a total of 49 points. McLaughlin started all 22 games and playing 1,447 minutes. Folds scored a number of stellar goals, finishing with 9 goals and 2 assists on the season. Folds played 1,476 minutes this year, starting all 22 games.
McLaughlin and Folds also found themselves on the first-team of the All-Greater Cleveland squad. Kyle Healy, a strong player and an even better leader, earned recognition on the first-team, too.
The All-Greater Cleveland team featured four more Wildcats faces on its honorable mention list. Bryce Horton, Henry Curtis, Kory Nekoloff, and Peter Van Euwen made the list for their great seasons. Curtis provided 10 goals and 3 assists as a stout forward and leader up front as a captain and forward. Horton tallied 12 goals and 5 assists for 29 points during his senior year as a bulldozing forward. Nekoloff recorded 10 goals and 5 assists for 25 points in a nice senior campaign at forward. Van Euwen anchored the team in net all season, starting 18 games and recording a 15-2-1 record. The junior notched 38 saves and 7 shutouts in a stellar season.
Ryan Brandt was recognized for his admirable efforts in the classroom this season. The senior earned Academic All-Ohio honors for his outstanding 3.89 GPA. Brandt provided great play off the bench, overcoming a midseason injury. Brandt also provided laughs and smiles to the team all season and will be missed next year, as with the rest of the senior class.
Besides awards, the Wildcats also played in two all-star games lately.
Horton and Healy each played in the Greater Cleveland Senior All-Star Game, featuring the best senior soccer players from across the area. Each did well in the game.
Healy also played in High School All-America Game in Orlando last weekend. The senior did not score any goals, but helped his squad nearly overcome a 3-0 halftime deficit. Coach Mike McLaughlin guided Healy's squad to a narrow 4-3 defeat. Coach McLaughlin will be traveling again for more all-star games later this month.
Congratulations to the 2018 Soccer Cats on an extraordinary season! Congrats on your well-earned awards and accolades.