Gave Weaver

Ontario's Gage Weaver dribbles past Madison's Jayden Goad during a regular season game at Madison's STARTEK Stadium.

MANSFIELD — The Ohio Scholastic Soccer Coaches Association confirmed what area fans have known for years.

North central Ohio is a high school soccer hotbed.

Kyla Spencer

Ontario's Kyla Spencer tracks down a loose ball during a 2-0 win over Lexington in the Division II district semifinals at Lexington High School.

Thirteen players from across the region were selected to the OSSCA All-Ohio teams, released Saturday. Seven earned spots on the All-Ohio first team.

Lexington’s Gage Potter and Ontario’s Gage Weaver were first-team picks in Division II. Potter helped the Minutemen reach the Final Four for the second time in three years, while Weaver scored 37 goals for the Warriors, who reached the district final before falling to Lex.

Lexington’s Jack Depperschmidt was a second-team choice. The senior was the anchor of a defense that had 13 shutouts.

In Division III, Mansfield Christian defender Braden Loose and Loudonville goalkeeper Ben Sanchez were second-team selections. Loose scored four goals and was part of a defense that authored six shutouts. Sanchez had five clean sheets.

On the girls side, Ashland’s Ella Plank earned a spot on the Division I first team. The senior midfielder had four goals and three assists as the Arrows won a sectional title.

In Division II, Clear Fork forward Trinity Cook and Ontario forward Kyla Spencer were first-team picks. Cook led the Colts with 19 goals and added 12 assists, while Spencer scored 33 goals to go with 13 assists.

Lexington forward Lauren Alexander and Ontario midfielder Adi Turnbaugh were second team picks in Division II. Alexander scored a team-high 20 goals to go with five assists, while Turnbaugh had 11 goals and 14 assists.

In Division III, Crestview’s Mary Leeper and Loudonville’s Sydney Polen were first-team choices. Leeper scored a team-high 18 goals to go with 10 assists, while Polen had an area-high 47 goals and 22 assists, helping the Redbirds to a sectional championship.

Mansfield Christian’s Abby Little was a second-team selection in Division III. The junior midfielder scored a team-high 22 goals.

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I have covered high school sports in Richland County since 2000. Email him at curt@richlandsource.com or follow him on Twitter: Follow @curtjconrad on twitter.

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