A dedicated ESPNHS team managed this past fall's Gatorade Boys Soccer Player of the Year selection process, resulting in winners based on the program's three pillars: athletic production and impact in the 2011 season, high academic achievement and exemplary personal character.
For his 29 fellow Gatorade State Fall Boys Soccer Player of the Year winners, click here.
THE WINNER: Ian Harkes
School: Gonzaga College (Washington, D.C.)
Weight: 155 pounds
Athletic achievement: Harkes scored 16 goals and passed for 10 assists this past season, leading the Eagles (12-4-2) to a runner-up finish in the Washington Catholic Athletic Conference tournament. A 2011 Washington Post First Team All-Met selection, he was a First Team All-WCAC selection. The son of former U.S. National Team player John Harkes, he concluded his junior year with 20 goals and 20 assists in his prep career.
Academic excellence: Harkes has maintained a weighted 3.92 GPA in the classroom.
Exemplary character: He has volunteered locally as a youth soccer coach, at an area homeless shelter and with Athletes for Hope, a philanthropic organization.
“Besides being technically gifted, Ian Harkes is one of the more intelligent players in the region,” said Tom Torres, Harkes’ club coach with D.C. United. “He plays with vision and is able to read the game a couple steps ahead of opponents.”
THE FUTURE: Harkes will begin his senior year of high school this fall.