||Playing on the biggest stage of his soccer career, Hill School boys’ soccer captain Euan Forrest ’19 made a noteworthy impression:
“Considered the top defender for the East, Forrest was dominant in the air and broke up a lot of West attacks. He was the leader in the back four.”
The stage was the High School All-American Game, played in Winter Park, Fla. on December 1, and the above quote is the review Forrest received as one four defenders selected as one of the game’s Best 11 players. Forrest and the East team, comprised of players from the East Coast, defeated the West team 4-3.
Forrest is the third Hill School player to appear in the All-American match in the past six years, joining Colten Habecker ’14 and Toni Adewole ’17. Forrest is the Hill boys’ soccer program’s fifth All-American; Matt Rominger ’99 and Ted vanBeuren ’01 earned All-American selections before the All-American match existed.
“I am really thankful to have had the opportunity to play in the game,” Forrest said. “To be selected for the game was something that I have been thinking about for a few years ever since Toni Adewole was selected in 2016. Coming into this season, along with many goals for the team, playing in this game was a personal goal of mine. Playing alongside some of the best players, many of whom I already knew from playing against them, was a great experience. The level of play was fast and it was definitely a challenge, but I enjoyed every second of it.”
All rising senior boys’ soccer players in the nation are eligible for the High School All-American Match. To be selected, players first must be chosen for the pre-season All-American watch list. From that initial list of 100, the final 40 players – 20 from the East and 20 from the West – are announced in late-October.
“Of the tens of thousands of young men who play varsity high school soccer in the country, it is truly an honor to be selected for a special match with the top 20 in the East and top 20 in the West,” said Hill head coach Chris Drowne ‘89. “Euan is a most deserved selection. He has been the ideal ambassador for The Hill, our soccer program, and student-athletes in general.”
A four-year member of The Hill varsity team, Forrest served as a team captain in 2017 and in 2018. He earned two All-Mid-Atlantic Prep League (MAPL) selections and was named to the Pottstown Mercury All-Area team three times. In the past four years, Hill has appeared in three Pennsylvania Independent School Athletic Association (PAISAA) State Championship matches, winning in 2016, and Hill won a league-best eighth MAPL Championship in 2018.
Last month, Forrest received a Likely Letter to attend Lehigh University, where he will follow in the footsteps of his brother, Mark ’15, who recently concluded a decorated career for the Mountain Hawks that included All-Regional recognition and an All-American selection.