EVANSVILLE – The Southern Indiana Athletic Conference is one of the best boys’ soccer leagues in the state. Just look at the results.

Since it became an official IHSAA sport in 1994, the SIAC has contested national championships. Numerous programs are assessed annually or achieve successes after the season. The trophies kept coming back last year.

Memorial won its third state title in four years. Castle was runner-up in Class 3A. And with the addition of two schools last year, the league remains as competitive as ever.

Despite graduating from yet another talented class, the SIAC has some of the best players in the region. Here’s a look at 20 returning players in alphabetical order to check out this fall.

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Liam Babb, Reitz

The goalkeeper has been a regular online player since he was a student. Babb is a senior now and needs to keep improving in order for the Panthers to be successful. Reitz went 5-8-1 last fall.

Michael Enriquez, Jasper

The senior striker was co-top scorer last year. Enriquez scored a total of eight goals for the Wildcats. His name should be mentioned quite a bit this fall.

Davis Hight, central

The runner-up led the Bears 2020 with six goals. He was chosen to be the second team All-City. Central took sixth place in the SIAC.

Evan Harding, memorial

One of two returning center-backs for the defending champion. Harding scored one goal and three assists as a junior. Counts for an important role in defense.

Evan Hudak, memorial

The Tigers’ best recurring offensive playmaker. Hudak had six goals and 10 assists during his junior season – including two goals in the semifinals. His name will be mentioned many times this fall as much of the attack is over.

Lucas Johnson, Mater Dei

The junior defender left an All-SIAC season last fall and was elected to the second team. Should play an important role in defending the Wildcats, who have won six games last year.

Christian Kocher, North

The Huskies return to a solid back line with this senior defender. Kocher had three goals and three assists last year. Second team All-SIAC.

Ryker Kotmel, castle

The second striker was strong at the end of last season. Kotmel scored five of his eleven goals in the postseason. He will be a big compliment to all-state striker Jackson Mitchell.

Sam Leonard, Jasper

The midfielder was named junior to the second team All-SIAC last year. With eight goals in first place of the team.

Abraham Air, north

The junior stormed the stage last fall with 20 goals and 12 assists, both tops for the huskies. First team All-SIAC. His presence at the top of the bowl is a big reason North could pose a challenge to both the SIAC and the Section.

Carter Marx, Mater Dei

One of the top returnees in midfield. Marx scored 15 goals and provided seven assists, both top for Mater Dei. The senior earned the All-SIAC of the first team and should stand up for another heavy fall.

Jax McCullough, Reitz

Another returning member of the All-SIAC first team. McCullough is one of the best midfielders in the region. Honorable Mention All-State Junior. Will be a strong base for new coach Rylan Gentil.

Jim McMurray, north

The midfielder has been a starter for the Huskies throughout his career. McMurray added nine goals and five assists as a junior and was voted the All-SIAC of the second team. Now he’s a senior and one of the leaders of North.

Jackson Mitchell, Castle

One of the top players in the country. Mitchell scored a school record of 32 goals and provided 16 assists for the Knights. All-state selection of the first team. There aren’t many tougher players out there. Also takes on kicking tasks with the soccer team.

Carson Powers, north

An underrated defender for the huskies. Powers was called up as a junior to the second team of All-City. One goal and seven assists for the huskies.

Randall Pruitt, castle

The senior got off to a strong start last year. Pruitt finished with 11 goals (at the same time for the second on the team). The striker will be an important piece for a team that gives back a good part of the offensive.

Isaac Robertson, memorial

One of the top defenders in the SIAC last year. The senior was chosen to be the first team All-SIAC and All-City. Robertson tied with seven assists in fourth place at Memorial.

Xavier Scott, castle

The senior midfielder played well in the postseason as the Knights rose to the state championship. Scott ended with four goals and three assists. But if you want Castle to stay on top, make sure he rises.

Luke Watkins, Harrison

The Warriors completed their top five goalscorers. Step into Watkins, whom Harrison will be counting on for a hit this fall. The junior midfielder scored two goals in a supporting role last year.

Nicholas Watkins, Harrison

One of three seniors in the Warriors’ defensive line. Watkins was voted the second Team All-City in 2020. Harrison, who won eight games last year, should be on defense this fall.

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