Saint Xavier Soccer is looking good for the 2015 season after having several juniors play meaningful roles on this year’s squad. There’s quite a bit of time before the Tigers will lace up the cleats for a regular season game, but one St. X player has already caught the nation’s attention.
Rising senior midfielder Colin Kremer was named to the 2015 High School All-American Soccer Game watch list. The game will be played on December 6th, 2015 in Raleigh, North Carolina. Kremer was one of five players from Kentucky selected on the West Team watch list, which also included Kremer’s friend and fellow midfielder Greg Fischer of Trinity.
He was upbeat when he found out he was selected for the list, as you could imagine.
“I was pretty excited,” Kremer said. “All the hard work I have been putting in is paying off.”
The game, which is sponsored by Adidas, will feature the East and West’s best 20 players (2 goalkeepers, 6 defenders, 6 midfielders and 6 forwards). Although there is no concrete geographical dividing line that separates the East and West, the selection committee of over twenty members does its best balancing job to have the best players in the nation divided with the most sensible geographic placement as possible.
Kremer is one of about 150 initial candidates across the country selected via ballot by the committee. There will be three more ballots taken throughout the season by the committee to select the final roster for each team. Each ballot will cut the field of candidates to 75, 50 and 40 players, respectively, from the initial 150 player pool. He feels that he has a good shot.
“I certainly think I am pretty close, but I definitely need to prove myself [next season] to solidify myself in that group,” Kremer explained. “If I play like I know I can, I can see myself on that list at the end of the year.”
If Kremer were to make a final roster, he would be the second St. X player ever to play in the game, which started in 2011. Kaelin Fox, who is now playing for the University of Kentucky, was the first Tiger to play in the game when he made the final cut in 2012.
Kremer will be one of multiple key returnees for St. X Head Coach Andy Schulten. Goalie Davis George, forward Graham Reynolds, midfielder Trent Stigler, defender Eric Brangers, and forward Andrew Schnurr all either started or had significant playing time for St. X last season. He likes St. X’s chances to get back to the top next season for the first time since 2012.
“I’m really excited about our team coming in next year,” Kremer said. “We’ll have some really experienced seniors in me, Trent and Davis that can hopefully lead our team into the playoffs. Hopefully [being named an All-American] will come with a state ring, too.”
From everyone here at WSTX Sports, Best of luck Colin!