Eye on POY: Vermont boys soccer

The fall soccer season may have concluded, but the search for Gatorade State Boys Soccer Players of the Year is in full swing. The award recognizes not only athletic excellence, but also high standards of academic achievement and exemplary character demonstrated on and off the field. Here are two top candidates who meet the basic award criteria as determined by our ESPNHS team that administers the program’s selection process.

Jack Shea

Senior Midfielder, U-32 High (Montpelier, VT)

2011 Team record: 11-4-3

2011 Team standing: Lost in Div. 2 state final

2011 Goals: 13

2011 Assists: 9

2011 Points per game: 1.22

Career goals: 26

Career assists: 33

Academics: A average

Collegiate destination: Vermont

How he’s played himself into the State POY conversation: NSCAA All-American; Times Argus Player of the Year; First Team All-State

Greg Goldstone

Senior Midfielder, Burr and Burton Academy (Manchester, VT)

2011 Team record: 15-2-1

2011 Team standing: Won Div. 2 state title

2011 Goals: 9

2011 Assists: 12

2011 Points per game: 1.17

Career goals: 33

Career assists: 30

Academics: A average

Collegiate destination: Wesleyan

How he’s played himself into the State POY conversation: First Team All-State; Bennington Banner Player of the Year; All-League; scored game-winning goal in state final.

Make no mistake, the Gatorade State Boys Soccer Player of the Year race isn’t over yet. Time remains for one standout student-athlete among thousands to rise to the top of our list. Here are some more of many who’ve been in the conversation throughout the 2011-12 campaign.

Claude Mumbere: Burlington High (Burlington, VT) Senior defender

Nate Frieberg: Colchester High (Colchester, VT) Senior defender

Shane Haley: Champlain Valley Union High (Hinesburg, VT) Junior forward

David Cohen: Rutland High (Rutland, VT) Senior goalkeeper

Think we're missing a deserving Gatorade State Player of the Year candidate in your state? Let us know via e-mail at ESPNHS_GPOY@ESPN.com.