Our players to watch series moves to the junior class midfielders, spotlighting a couple of players who are expected to take on much larger roles in 2017 than they did as sophomores.
Many of the players listed below were also mentioned as sophomores to watch a year ago, but there are a few newcomers who made enough of an impact last year to bear watching as juniors.
Here are some junior middies to watch in 2017:
Matt Chopp, Sierra Canyon
An athletic dodger with the speed to beat most defensive middies, Chopp is committed to Division I St. John’s. He is a two-time All-Gold Coast League selection and will be counted on for more offense with the graduation of Jake Pistotnik.
Bryce Hardy, Oak Park
The starting tailback on Oak Park’s Football team, Hardy is described by coach Tarik Ergin as “a terrific athlete and competitor, an old fashioned two-way midfielder; tough and determined.” He scored 23 goals and had 7 assists as a sophomore, along with 70 ground balls.
Beau Sabosky, Palos Verdes
A big, athletic middie (6-foot-4, 190 pounds) who earned enough playing time as a sophomore on a stacked Sea Kings roster last season to score 20 goals and record a assists. Coach Jimmy Borell said Sabosky is drawing some Division I recruiting interest.
Also Worth Watching
Griffin James, Santa Monica (two-time all-Ocean League); A/M Max Kim, Chaminade; JT Shoop, Newbury Park (18g, 5a last year); Billy Segal, Newbury Park (8g, 3a last year; 12g as a freshman in 2015).