The window on the Gatorade State Boys Soccer Player of the Year race is closing, and the search for elite student-athletes 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.
Junior forward, Kalani (Honolulu, Hawaii)
2012 Team record: 15-2
2012 Team standing: Lost Division I state championship match
2012 Goals: 25
2012 Assists: 5
Career goals: 39
Academics: B average
Collegiate destination: Undecided
How he’s played himself into the State POY conversation:Averaged 1.76 points per game this season. 2012 Honolulu Advertiser Player of the Year. 2012 Oahu Interscholastic Association East Player of the Year. 2012 First Team Division I All-State Tournament selection.
Senior midfielder, Mililani (Hawaii)
2012 Team record: 15-0-1
2012 Team standing: Division I state champions
2012 Goals: 9
2012 Assists: 4
Career goals: 13
Career assists: 6
Academics: B-plus average
Collegiate destination: UC-Irvine
How he’s played himself into the State POY conversation: Averaged 0.93 points per game this season. 2012 First Team All-State selection. 2012 First Team Division I All-State Tournament selection. 2012 Oahu Interscholastic Association West Player of the Year.
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.
Aaron Goo: Senior forward, St. Louis School (Honolulu, Hawaii)
Jason Khamvongsa: Senior midfielder, Kaiser (Honolulu, Hawaii)
Tyler Matas: Senior forward/defender, Mililani (Hawaii)
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