There are good reasons why Palmer Ault of Noblesville High School was named one of 60 high school All-Americans by United Soccer Coaches after the 2020 season.
âPalmer has so many key qualities in his game,â said Noblesville coach Kenneth Dollaske. âHe’s great for keeping possession in tight spaces, has a vision for finding passing lanes that most players wouldn’t even notice, thunderous shots that leave opposing goaltenders confused and is deceptively quick, with and without the ball. As he grew within our program, he learned to take on the role of captain and improve his teammates on and off the pitch.
A forward, Ault scored 20 goals for the Millers last season. Noblesville has 13 seniors and several returning starters from last year’s 15-1-1 squad. The Millers were ranked No.1 in the Indiana Soccer Coaches Association preseason rankings. The season started on August 16.
âSo we’ll have a bit of a target on our backs,â Ault said. “There are a few high expectations for (the) season after a disappointing last fall.”
The Millers lost 1-0 to Hamilton Southeastern in the section semifinals last year.
âWe added two great Ohio teams that we added to our schedule,â said Ault. âThey’re definitely one of the best teams in the state. We’ve got the guys to do it and all the pieces around. It just comes with hard work every day in training, pushing each other to be better players with better people. Hopefully we can make it through October to win the state championship. “
Ault said he improved his leadership skills.
âI’m trying to set an example for some of the young players,â he said. âFrom a tactical standpoint, I think I improved my playing speed. Playing with older, stronger guys helped me earlier in my career. Being successful at a younger age motivated me to do this, that’s what I wanted to do.
In sophomore year, Ault was named to the All-State First Team. He played basketball and football until the eighth grade.
âI enjoyed playing both and I didn’t know which one I wanted to focus on,â he said. âWhen I got to high school, I decided to focus on soccer and pursue that goal by wanting to play in college. If a professional chance presents itself that would be great.
Ault played for Indy Premier for several years, but will join the Indiana Fire Academy after her high school season.
âI wanted to cherish my last moments with my high school teammates before going to college,â he said. “I want to focus on being able to play with them one last time.”
Ault said he hopes to make a collegial decision within the next two months.
âI would say Butler is my No.1 school,â said Ault, who is also considering DePaul, Loyola University and the IUPUI.
Meet Palmer Ault
- College plans: Planning to play soccer and majoring in business.
- Hobby: Play golf and hang out with friends.
- Favorite subject: Science
- Favorite athlete: Lionel messi
- Favorite TV Show: “Breaking Bad.”
- Ideal vacation spot: Snowboarding in Utah