For St. Louis Scott Gallagher Illinois Senior, Ben Huels, there were few accolades left to obtain at the conclusion of the fall 2016 High School Boys Soccer season. In addition to serving as team captain and being named to the National Soccer Coaches Association of America’s All-Midwest team, the Mississippi Valley All-Confernce team, the St. Louis Post Dispatch All-Metro 1st team, Post Dispatch Athlete of the Week (September 15, 2016) and receiving All-State Honors from the Illinois High School Coaches Association, Huels was most recently named Belleville News Democrat “Player of the Year.” During his high school career, Huels scored 61 goals in two years which is the fourth highest in school history and helped lead the Bulldogs to a Class 2A State Championship in 2015.
Huels, who joined SLSG at the age of 11, has always had a knack for finding the back of the net. In 2013, at the U14 National Championships in Denver, Colorado, Ben scored the game winning goal in a 3-1 victory over Major League Soccer Youth Academy, FC Dallas, thus securing SLSG Illinois’ 2nd National Championship Title.
According to SLSG Illinois Director of Coaching, Blake Decker, “As a club, we are extremely proud of what Ben has achieved as a player, but if you know Ben, the real story is who he is as a young man. He is not flashy or boastful, rather, he goes about his work with quiet confidence and possesses a steady, honest work ethic. He is a solid student and actively volunteers in his community. It is this combination of work-ethic, humility and confidence, in all areas of his life, that allows Ben to perform consistently in big moments on the field, something all goal scorers must be able to do.”
Huels, who also plays Basketball for the Bulldogs, was named Offensive Player of the Year in 2016 for his performance on the Basketball court. He will return to action with SLSG Illinois this spring and intends to play soccer collegiately. Huels is currently considering several options ahead of National Signing Day in February.