High-SchoolOhio: National champs

It’s early but the St. Ignatius soccer team has the look of a squad capable of repeating as national champs this fall. The Wildcats opened the year with wins over Padua and Shaker Heights by a combined score of 16-2. Junior Nate Fahey recorded a hat trick against Padua and senior Noah Toumert matched his teammate’s output in the Heights’ contest.

“I think we’ve got a lot of people that can make things happen on offense,” says head coach Mike McLaughlin. “We’re right there with last year’s talent level.”

Of course last year’s squad went undefeated and finished No. 1 in the POWERADE FAB 50. The current Wildcats are aiming to help the program become the first to win five Division I championships in Ohio, but it will be a daunting task due to a grueling schedule that includes No. 30 St. Anthony (South Huntington, N.Y.) and local heavyweight Amherst Steele.

“This team is committed to doing something special this season,” says McLaughlin.

Read more about the Wildcats and see how many of their players made the All-State team in next month’s issue of ESPNHS.

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