West metro top 10 teams
1. Minnetonka: Pretty simple. 2014 Metro Player of the Year, Suad Suljic, is back. The state’s most dynamic playmaker would elevate any team to elite status.
2. Wayzata: Seven returning regulars, including most of its midfield, and a three-year stopper in goal in keeper Troy Louwagie.
3. Minneapolis Washburn: The Millers move up from Class 1A, where they were ranked No. 1 for much of last season, to Class 2A. Having 12 varsity players back should smooth the transition.
4. Edina: A talented and stingy back line will keep the Hornets, who have only five seniors, competitive in every game.
5. Maple Grove: A move to Class 2A, Section 8 might make the path to the state tournament a little easier for the defending Northwest Suburban champs.
6. Chaska: Lots of offense back for 2014’s Class 1A third-place winners: Jose Cholico, Andrew Leck and Josh Prater each scored more than 10 goals. The Hawks move up to Class 2A this season.
7. Orono (Class 1A): The veteran Spartans got the season off to a strong start with a 2-0 shutout of highly regarded Maple Grove.
8. Minneapolis South: The Tigers have 13 players returning from the west metro’s most underrated program.
9. DeLaSalle (1A): Expectations are at an all-time high after the Islanders’ 2014 Class 1A runner-up finish. A senior core will keep them from falling too far despite losing 12 seniors.
10. Bloomington Jefferson: The Jaguars ended 2014 on a strong note, nearly upsetting Minnetonka in the Class 2A, Section 2 final. Another strong finish will be needed after losing their first three games.
Individuals (In alphabetical order)
• Hamza Abdujalil, Minneapolis South, sr., MF
• Avi Eller, Breck, jr., F
• Joe Engel, Bloomington Jefferson, sr. GK
• Luke Horton, Benilde-St. Margaret’s, sr., F
• Alex Kill, Orono, sr., F
• Evan Kill, Orono, sr., D
• Callen Knutson, Mpls. Southwest, sr. F
• Juan Louis, Minneapolis Washburn, jr., F
• Troy Louwagie, Wayzata, sr., GK
• Tanner Scott, Heritage Christian, sr., F
• Suad Suljic, Minnetonka, sr., MF
• Michael Wageman, DeLaSalle, sr., F
Circle the calendar
Thur., Sept. 10: Edina at Wayzata, 5 p.m.
Thur., Oct. 8: Wayzata at Minnetonka, 5 p.m.
Sat., Sept. 26: Mpls. Southwest at Mpls. South, 4 p.m.