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NAME: Bradley Poppell
SCHOOL: Moeller High School
SPORT(S): Soccer
GREATEST ACHIEVEMENT: High school All-American
BIRTHDATE: 9/22/2005
WEIGHT: 5’8”-138 lbs.
RESIDENCE: Cincinnati
PARENTS: Brad & Kristine Thompson
FUTURE GOAL: Succeed as a college student-athlete at the Air Force Academy

Looking back on this season’s super spring sports’ performances, the GCL South, district and regional-champion Moeller soccer team (24-1-0) had an all-star performer in senior Bradley Poppell, a soccer high school All-American as a midfielder/forward. Bradley is Moeller's all-time career leader in points, goals scored and goals in a single season. He is ranked sixth all-time in assists for the Moeller soccer program. The Crusaders finished as state runners-up, losing to Cleveland St. Ignatius in a penalty-kick shootout. The Crusaders finished the regular season ranked #1 in the state of Ohio and #1 in the nation and this year’s team owns more than 10 school records. The Crusaders also set three Ohio high school records, including fewest goals allowed in a regular season (one), longest consecutive shutout streak (23), and most shutouts in a season (23) Bradley was named this year’s Mr. Ohio Soccer and first-team all-GCL South, with more honors to follow.

This past season, Bradley had a league-leading 23 goals with five assists for 51 points, which also led the league. During the regular season, he had a three-goal hat trick in a 7-0 win vs. Loveland and another hat trick game in a 9-0 win vs. Mt. Healthy. In the post season, he had a goal and an assist in a 7-0 win over Fairfield and he had two goals and an assist in a 10-0 win over Aiken. He scored in overtime to lift the Crusaders to a 1-0 victory over Beavercreek to win the district title. Moeller improved to a perfect 22-0 by beating Centerville and Bradley scored the only goal of the game. Then the Crusaders won the Division I, Region 4 championship, beating St. Xavier 2-0 for a state-record 22nd straight shutout.

A great student (National Honor Society, first honors every quarter), Bradley is active in community service and also plays for the Cincinnati United Premier 05 Gold club team. He likes traveling and playing golf and will play soccer next season at the U.S. Air Force Academy.

His favorite athlete is Kobe Bryant, favorite entertainer is Kevin Hart, favorite book is The Great Gatsby, favorite movie is The Martian and most-like-to-meet is Messi.

COACH'S QUOTE – “I genuinely hope my sons grow up to be of the same character and individual that Bradley is. He excels on the field, and is tops in the classroom.”
— Mike Welker, Varsity Soccer Coach

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