In the world of high school soccer, excellence knows no bounds. The 2023 Boys Soccer All-Metro Teams showcase the cream of the crop, highlighting outstanding talent that took the field and left an indelible mark on the game. This year, we introduce you to 24 remarkable players who have truly stood out. From goal-scoring prodigies to rock-solid defenders, these athletes have captured the hearts of fans and earned their place in the annals of Minnesota high school soccer. In this article, we’ll dive into the achievements and unique skills of the first and second All-Metro teams, shedding light on what makes them extraordinary.
All-Metro First Team: The Forwards and Midfielders
Jake Bettin, Southwest Christian – A senior who’s not just any forward but a Class 1A Mr. Soccer award finalist, Jake Bettin’s contributions led his team to an undefeated Wright County Conference regular season.
Emmett Brown, Minneapolis Washburn – A senior striker par excellence, Brown not only clinched the Star Tribune Metro Player of the Year title but also secured the prestigious Class 3A Mr. Soccer award by leading Class 3A with an astonishing 28 goals.
Jacob Dinzeo, Hill-Murray – Scoring 20 goals and 14 assists, Dinzeo was pivotal in guiding the Class 2A Pioneers to the semifinals. His exceptional performance earned him first-team All-State honors.
Victor Espinoza Lopez, Apple Valley – An extraordinary talent, Lopez gained respect from opponents and coaches alike, thanks to his game-reading ability and instant danger with the ball.
Thomas Laaksonen, Holy Family – Despite injuries, Laaksonen stood out as the top goal-scorer (22 goals) and the number one player in the Wright County Conference, often juggling multiple positions to support his team.
Griffin Price, Hopkins – With five multigoal games, Price totaled 17 goals and 10 assists for the Royals.
Colin Vilme, Stillwater – Vilme deposited 16 goals for the Ponies, helping them reach the Section 4 title game. His exceptional performance earned him a first-team Class 3A All-State selection.
Everett Hoeppner, Holy Angels – Hoeppner won the Class 2A Mr. Soccer award and showcased his versatility by contributing on multiple fronts for the undefeated Stars.
Cole Pitzner, Heritage Christian Academy – This senior defender was not just a wall at the back; he also managed to score eight goals, earning a spot as a Class 1A Mr. Soccer finalist.
Rhys Tidwell, St. Paul Central – Tidwell’s relentless motor resulted in four goals and nine assists, securing him a spot on the Class 3A first-team All-State.
Beckett Carlson, Maple Grove – The undefeated Crimson’s shot-stopper, Carlson, has only conceded four goals and remarkably scored six of his own.
All-Metro Second Team: The Standouts
Forwards/Midfielders: Cris Corrales-Castro, Chaska; Carson Dederichs, Edina; Jake Hennen, Minnetonka; Anson Karn, Maple Grove; Marius Keita, Blaine; Charlie Piller, Wayzata; Antwane Ruiz, Richfield.
Defenders: Diego Connell, Champlin Park; Brady Dagon, East Ridge; Dane Paul, Hill-Murray; Jackson Widman, Wayzata.
Goalkeepers: Eli Lewis, Rosemount; Cooper Olson, St. Paul Academy.
The Selection Process The Star Tribune’s All-Metro teams and Metro Players of the Year were carefully chosen based on nominations from metro-area coaches, in-depth conversations with these coaches, and close observations by our dedicated staff. This rigorous selection process ensures that these players truly represent the best of the best in Minnesota high school soccer.
Conclusion: The 2023 Boys Soccer All-Metro Teams boast an incredible array of talent that has left an indelible mark on the game. From standout forwards and midfielders to unyielding defenders and exceptional goalkeepers, these players have earned their place in the spotlight. Their dedication, skill, and love for the game make them truly exceptional, and we look forward to watching their continued success in the world of soccer.