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Eye on POY: New York 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.

Dakota Edwards

Senior Defender, Sayville High (West Sayville, NY)

2011 Team record: 14-3-1

2011 Team standing: Lost in Suffolk County title game

2011 Goals: 8

2011 Assists: 12

2011 Points per game: 1.11

Career goals: 24

Career assists: 30

Academics: B-plus average

Collegiate destination: Maryland

How he’s played himself into the State POY conversation: NSCAA All-American; NSCAA New York Player of the Year; Long Island Player of the Year; All-State; Ranked No. 40 senior by ESPNHS.

Donovan Fraser

Senior Forward, Half Hollow Hills West High (Dix Hills, NY)

2011 Team record: 16-2-1

2011 Team standing: Lost in Suffolk County quarterfinals

2011 Goals: 25

2011 Assists: 8

2011 Points per game: 1.74

Career goals: 55

Career assists: 53

Academics: A-minus average

Collegiate destination: Maryland

How he’s played himself into the State POY conversation: NSCAA All-American; All-State; All-Long Island; Ranked No. 58 senior by ESPNHS.

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.

Alex Bono: C.W. Baker High (Baldwinsville, NY) Senior goalkeeper

Daniel Bedoya: Francis Lewis High (Fresh Meadows, NY) Senior forward

Ibrahim Diaby: Martin Luther King High (Manhattan, NY) Senior midfielder

Dylan Greenberg: Half Hollow Hills West (Dix Hills, NY) Sophomore forward

Tyler Forbes: Fayetteville-Manlius High (Manlius, NY) Senior forward

Steven Reiche: Lakeland High (Shrub Oak, NY) Senior goalkeeper

Jimmy Myers: Hicksville High (Hicksville, NY) Senior forward

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.