He hasn’t been playing soccer long, but as soon as he started kicking the ball, Cardinal High School senior Alex Hutchinson knew he wanted to play as long as he could. “I have always wanted to play soccer at the next level after high school,” says Alex, “I am extremely happy to be continuing this journey.” Surrounded by his parents, school administrators, and a group of nearly two dozen friends, everyone watched and cheered as Alex signed his National Letter of Intent to play soccer for Baldwin Wallace University in the fall. “It feels really good,” said Alex after signing his letter. “I have known for a while that I was going to BW, soccer wasn’t the deciding factor – I actually didn’t pursue playing there until a few weeks ago when I reached out to the coach. He’s giving me a chance, so I get to go to the school that I really like and now getting to play soccer is just a plus for me.”
Alex began playing soccer in ninth grade and has seen time on both sides of the ball, playing offense and defense for the Huskies, including a stint filling in at goalie his sophomore year. While Alex says he prefers the midfield position, Varsity Soccer Coach Mike Topalian calls Alex one of the program’s most valuable players. “Alex has played almost every position on the field during his time with the team. As a senior, Alex was one of the defensive cornerstones, helping to lead the Huskies to their best season in school history,” Coach Topalian says. On the offensive side of the ball this past season, Alex scored 12 goals, had 12 assists, and earned All-CVC second team honors.
In addition to soccer, Alex has also been active as a crew member of the high school musical and plays club soccer in Youngstown. At Baldwin Wallace, he plans to major in film studies with the hopes of becoming a filmmaker in the future.
Pictured In Cover Photo: From Left, stepfather Paul Stromp, mother Cady Stromp, Alex Hutchinson, and father Joshua Hutchinson.