Ohio Boys Soccer POY: Matt Foldesy

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 Foldesy


School: St. Ignatius (Cleveland, Ohio)

Grade: Senior

Position: Forward/midfielder

Height: 5-foot-6

Weight: 145 pounds


Athletic achievement: Foldesy led the Wildcats to a 22-1 record and the Division I state championship this past season. He scored 20 goals and passed for 18 assists, including a goal and two assists in St. Ignatius’ 4-2 win over Olentangy Liberty (Powell, Ohio) in the state final. The Ohio Scholastic Soccer Coaches Association’s Mr. Soccer and an All-American selection by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America, Foldesy concluded his prep soccer career with 42 goals and 31 assists.

Academic excellence: Foldesy has maintained a 3.05 GPA in the classroom.

Exemplary character: He has volunteered locally at a homeless shelter, as a summer camp counselor and he has also completed a service-mission trip to the Dominican Republic.


“Matt Foldesy was just so dangerous and crafty on the offensive side of the ball,” said Nate Maust, head coach of Dublin Jerome (Dublin, Ohio). “I would consider him the glue that held the midfield and offense together. He has a very intelligent vision of the field and seemed to be one or two steps ahead of everyone else.”

THE FUTURE: Foldesy has signed a National Letter of Intent to play soccer on an athletic scholarship at the University of Akron this fall.