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Edina goalkeeper Hank Stechmann in action. (Photo of the sun by John Sherman)


All-State goaltender Hank Stechmann of the Edina High men’s soccer team has accepted an offer to play in the Soccer All-American Game on Saturday, May 29 at St. Louis University.

Stechmann is one of 22 players selected for the Western squad. The Eastern team also includes 22 players.

“Before last season I was on the All-American watch list,” Stechmann said. “I filled out a player profile with my stats and ratings and provided a link to my highlights video.”

The selections became final last month and a notification was sent to Stechmann and Edina’s head football coach Dave Jenson.

“I’m happy for Hank,” Jenson said. “He deserves this. “

As a junior in 2019, Stechmann led the Hornets to a perfect 22-0-0 season and state championship in class AA. There was no state tournament in 2020, due to COVID-19 restrictions, but Stechmann did manage to get the Hornets into the Section 6AA championship.

Thinking back to his high school career, Stechmann said, “One thing I will always remember was playing in my first varsity game against Eden Prairie in my freshman year. When I walked onto a high school field, it was a whole different experience. My teammates all gathered around me.

Winning the state title in his junior year was unforgettable, Stechmann said.

“I remember how fun it was,” commented the goalie. “We all got along so well. “

Like most goalkeepers, Stechmann spent part of his young football career as a field player before settling in goal.

“In the U12s and U13s, I would play half the game in goal and half on the pitch,” he said. “I thought playing goal was fun. After a year-long state tournament I thought, why not put my full attention on it [goalkeeping]. “

A tall goaltender at 6-3 and 175 pounds, Stechmann has become one of the top distributors of balls in his position with a strong right arm and a powerful punt with his right foot. He will go to the University of Notre Dame this fall, but is not yet sure if he will play club soccer or try to walk with the university.

Stechmann has a GPA of 4.1 and that is one of the reasons he was accepted to Notre Dame. “My sister Eva is in her second year at Notre Dame,” he said. “She loves school.”

Edina’s goalkeeper plans to major in one of the sciences, most likely biology, with a pre-med track.

Stechmann’s dad, Jon, former president of the Edina Athletic Boosters, never pushed Hank into the sports he played – soccer and basketball. Instead, he let his son choose his own sports – soccer and hockey.

“My father watches all my matches, and my mother [Kara] is awesome, always very encouraging, ”said Stechmann.

As he left high school football, Stechmann’s best memories are of the Lake Conference games between Edina and his two main rivals, Wayzata and Minnetonka.

“I feel so lucky to have played against these teams every year,” he said. “The games with them are always super competitive.”

Stechmann will report to Camp St. Louis on May 27. He will just have time to settle in and meet his teammates before the big game two days later.

Zach Susee, 2020 Mr. Soccer from Minnesota of Shakopee, is one of Stechmann’s teammates on the West team.

“I’ve been playing Zach since I was 10,” Stechmann said.

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