Leading defender and a captain of De Smet Jesuit’s soccer team, Josh Lindell ’19, was just named a United Soccer Coaches High School All-American, marking him as one of the top 100 high school soccer players in the country.
“I think he earned this honor because he successfully shuts down every opponent’s top players,” said Josh Klein, varsity coach and psychology teacher at De Smet Jesuit. “If you look at our games in the postseason, every one of our opponents had a ‘go to’ guy on it. We identified that player, gave the assignment to Josh and his back line, and then they went out and made life very difficult for those players for the full 80 minutes.”
Coach Klein adds, “De Smet only allowed one goal in the postseason because our defense, led by Josh, was one of the toughest to get by this year. Josh demonstrates a superior level of poise and vision while playing. He frequently denies the opposing teams any solid opportunities or from ever even starting an attack. And on top of that he’s the first guy to get our attack going with a well-driven long ball, strong tackle, or penetrating through ball.”
Considered one of the highest honors for a high school player to receive, High School All-American titles are awarded to players selected by a national committee of association members and coaches. Josh was one of three local students to receive the award.
“It means so much to me that I achieved this great honor,” said Josh. “It really shows me that all the hard work I have put in is finally paying off."
"I could not have gotten this far if it wasn’t for the help from my teammates and coaches that have pushed me to be my best self on and off the field.”
Josh’s uncle Rob Lindell ’88 was also an All-American at De Smet Jesuit as a Parade All-American. “There is definitely going to be some sort of celebration,” said Josh. “I think that my uncle is planning on coming to the convention in Chicago with my family. It is a great honor to be able to achieve the same award that my uncle got because I always looked up to him as a role model and player.”
“I couldn’t be happier for him and his family,” added Coach Klein. “I’ve had the privilege to coach many talented players in this program as both a head coach and an assistant, and to see Josh join this elite club of De Smet Jesuit All-Americans is completely deserving.”
Coach Klein credits Josh and the other captains with the team’s success this year. “His leadership, on and off the field, played a huge role in helping his teammates ‘buy in’ to what we think makes a championship team,” he said. Coach Klein highlighted Josh’s energy, positive attitude, and refusal to quit as characteristics that defined the athlete’s success. “Josh wasn’t just the backbone of our defense, he was the backbone of this team. He’s incredibly coachable and just a tremendously gifted player who is going to make some university very lucky to have him.”
Josh expressed particular gratitude for the fans this season. “The support this year has been tremendous,” he said. “I appreciate all that my teammates and coaches have done for me…showing me that it is more than soccer. I am excited to see the future of De Smet Jesuit soccer and what they can accomplish.”
De Smet Jesuit placed second at state this year. For more information about our soccer program, please contact Josh Klein. To learn about the other 50+ teams offered at De Smet Jesuit, please contact Athletic Director John Pukala.
Photos courtesy of Pete Feretti '88 and Durt and Turf Photography.