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: Matt Hogsten
School: Dover (Del.)
Weight: 165 pounds
Athletic achievement: Hogsten scored 20 goals and passed for 14 assists this past season, leading the Senators (10-5-1) to the state tournament. A National Soccer Coaches Association of America All-Region II selection, he has twice earned First Team All-State recognition. A three-time First Team All-Henlopen Conference honoree, Hogsten concluded his prep soccer career with 67 goals and 31 assists.
Academic excellence: Hogsten has maintained an A-minus average in the classroom.
Exemplary character: A member of the Rotary International Interact Club, he has volunteered locally with the Dover Little League and the U.S. Youth Soccer TOPSoccer program serving young athletes with disabilities.
“Matt Hogsten was the engine that ran their team,” said Bob Bussiere, head coach of Archmere Academy (Claymont, Del.). “He was the leader of their team not only because he was their most talented player but also because he was vocal and he worked at a high rate. He was one of the most impressive players we faced all year.”
THE FUTURE: Hogsten remains undecided upon a collegiate destination.