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West's Elyes Ellouz's state match winning goal nets him Player of the Year distinction

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Elyes Ellouz, middle right, shoots the ball during the 6A state soccer game for Olathe West High. His overtime goal brought the state title home for the Owls. 

In a year when Olathe West High captured a state title, the Owls’ leader is this year’s Olathe Player of the Year in boys’ soccer.

That’s Elyes Ellouz, a midfielder who capped an extraordinary season with the game-winning overtime goal in the state championship game.

Ellouz, a senior, tallied 26 goals on the season, leading West to its second state title in three years. The school has only been open five years. For those accomplishments, Matt Trumpp, Olathe West’s head coach, is also the Olathe Boys Soccer Coach of the Year.

Ellouz called it “a fairy-tale ending,” and said that “it didn’t even feel real” to score that game-winner in the title game against Washburn Rural. He said it was even more satisfying because of the way the season developed, with West enduring a six-game losing skid prior to the playoffs.

“People were counting us out,” he said. “Nobody believed in us.”

Nobody, that is, except the players and coaches on the team. The Owls, 8-7-1 on the season entering the playoffs, started out as the ninth seed in the East regional. They knocked off the region’s top seed, Blue Valley West High, 2-1, then slipped by Shawnee Mission West High. In all those games, they were the lower seed, playing on the road.

In the final four, a bit of luck meant the games were played at the team's home field, the College Boulevard Activity Center, and the Owls edged Wichita North 2-1 in the semis, then knocked off Rural 1-0, which came into the title game 19-0.

Ellouz, who played for the Sporting KC club program growing up, decided to back off of all that to be able to play high school soccer.

“I’m so glad I did,” he said. ”Winning a state title for your high school — there’s nothing else like it. You can make so many memories, playing in front of your school, representing your school.”

Trumpp said Ellouz, who started on the 2019 state title team as a sophomore, “works harder than any player we’ve had here,” and that he learned by playing with Jony Muñoz, the leader of that 2019 team who earned national player-of-the-year accolades.

“He’s an amazing kid,” Trumpp said.

Ellouz was also named the 6A boys soccer Player of the Year and Sunflower League Player of the Year. 

Outside of West’s run to the title, Olathe Northwest High had a very strong fall, finishing 14-4-1, one game short of the Final Four. Coaches of the Olathe schools picked the roster of All-Olathe honorees, dividing the honors fairly evenly among all five high schools.

Here’s the rest of the 2021 All-Olathe Boys Soccer roster:

 •Aidan Boehmer, Olathe East High, sophomore forward

•Charlie Stovall, Olathe East, senior defender 

•Jake Prather, Olathe East, senior midfielder

•Payson Hoffstatter, Olathe East, sophomore defender

•Max Easton, Olathe South High, senior defender

•Brevyn Cole, Olathe South, junior defender

•Hayden Toubia, Olathe South, senior midfielder

•Alex Kohl, Olathe South, junior midfielder

•Tucker Armstrong, Olathe South, junior goalie

•Evan Shelkey, Olathe West, senior midfielder

•Gage Daniels, Olathe West, junior defender

•Dylan Naidu, Olathe Northwest, senior forward

•Christian Martinez, Olathe Northwest, junior defender

•Cole Abendroth, Olathe Northwest, senior defender 

The second-team honorees:

•Luka Yanes, Olathe East, senior midfielder

•Ben Carter, Olathe East, junior goalie

•Cole Ronning, Olathe North High, senior defender

•Erick Mompin, Olathe North, junior goalie

•Khoi Woods, Olathe North, freshman forward

•Joey Wiltanger, Olathe North, junior defender

•Josh Hurlbut, Olathe South, senior defender

•Bryce Gudenkauf, Olathe South, senior midfielder

•Diego Dinneny, Olathe South, sophomore forward

•Sam Delong, Olathe West, sophomore defender

•Gabe Hyatt, Olathe West, senior midfielder

•Trey Mckee, Olathe West, sophomore midfielder

•Colin Gann, Olathe Northwest, junior forward

•Jake Thomas, Olathe Northwest, senior midfielder

•Landon Ouellette, Olathe Northwest, senior midfielder

•Bret Beard, Olathe Northwest, senior forward

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