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Oregon’s top high school boys soccer players: Meet the state’s best midfielders

Who are the top midfielders in Oregon boys soccer this season?
Ben Augee.Tualatin boys soccer.Dan Brood

We’ve been taking a position-by-position look at some of the top players in Oregon high school boys soccer. Our fourth list focuses on the midfielders. (Goalkeepers | Defenders | Forwards)

There are hundreds of standout soccer players in Oregon and these lists are not intended to be comprehensive! Let us know about any other midfielders you think should be added.

Ben Augee (Tualatin) photo by Dan Brood

M/F Ben Augee, Sr., Tualatin

Augee, a High School All-American Watch List selection, is a product of the Portland Timbers Academy who was named to US Youth Soccer’s 2021 17U National Championship Best XI playing for United PDX. He didn’t join the Timberwolves until the pandemic season in the spring. He had seven goals and three assists as the Timberwolves opened the season 5-3-1. “Ben is unquestionably one of the most talented players in the state and the leader of our team,” Tualatin coach Chris Duke said. “As an attacking player, his ability to drop deep, receive the ball and run at the defense with pace creates consistent problems for the opposing team. He additionally has a tireless work rate and willingness to do the defensive work of pressing high and creating turnovers in dangerous positions on the field.” 

M Lukas Von Koch, Sr., Westside Christian

Von Koch is a four-year starter and captain for the Eagles who made the all-district second team as a sophomore two seasons ago. “Lukas is a strong leader who controls the tempo of the game through his ability to keep the ball and place the team in a great position to attack,” Westside Christian coach Jason Housley said.

M Cameron Little, Jr., Wilsonville

Little has battled injuries throughout the fall, missing several games, but when he plays, he holds down the holding center midfield position. “He has good vision, makes good tackles and is a really big part of our defense,” Wildcats co-coach Ian Reschke said.

M Josh Serna, Jr., Brookings-Harbor

Serna was an all-league selection as a sophomore during the spring season, when he had four goals and two assists. He’s an avid golfer who qualified for the Southern Oregon Championships in May. “Josh is a key player in the midfield with his strength and size,” Bruins coach Jess Beaman said. “He watches the game develop well with good vision and precise passing to his teammates. He also has a strong leg and can score from long distances.”

M Seth Sorensen, Jr., Westside Christian

Sorensen transferred from West Linn and solidified the Eagles defense as a defensive midfielder. “Seth is an animal who knows how to defend and stop any attack,” Westside Christian coach Jason Housley said. “Seth is extremely strong and a fierce competitor.”

M Fabian Villa, Sr., Brookings-Harbor

Villa is a four-year starter for the Bruins who broke through as a sophomore, when he had 23 goals and 26 assists and made the Class 3A/2A/1A all-state second team. He has made the all-league team each of the past two seasons. “Fabian has played since he could walk,” Bruins coach Jess Beaman said. “His quickness on the field frustrates other teams, and his precise passing continually creates opportunities for our team to score. He is a very patient player and successfully attacks the moment defenders relax.” 

M/F Kaden Young, Sr., West Salem

Young was a first-team all-conference selection during the spring, when the Titans played in a Salem-area league. In their first six games this season, he had five goals and two assists. His prized possession? A 1993 Toyota Previa minivan that he’s decked out with a sound system and neon kit. 

M Aidan Pierias, Sr., Newport

Pierias has served as a team captain the past two seasons. The center midfielder was an honorable mention all-Oregon West selection as a freshman and made the Lincoln County all-star team during the spring. A four-year player for OVF Alliance who is getting looks from Pacific and Linfield, he had four goals and an assist during the first few weeks of the fall season. “He is quiet but plays with intensity and leaves it all on the field,” Cubs coach Ollie Richardson said. “He has great vision and is unselfish.”