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: Ruben Duran
School: Eldorado (Las Vegas, Nev.)
Athletic achievement: Duran scored 30 goals and passed for 23 assists this past season, leading the Sun Devils (17-1-1) to the Class 4A state semifinals. The 2011 Las Vegas Review Journal Boys Soccer Player of the Year, he was also the 2011 Northeast League MVP. Duran spent his junior year with the U.S. Soccer Under-17 Men’s National Team Residency Program in Bradenton, Fla., and concluded his prep soccer career with 42 goals and 31 assists.
Academic excellence: Duran has maintained a weighted 4.25 GPA in the classroom.
Exemplary character: He has volunteered locally as a youth soccer coach and on behalf of his church in addition to serving as a charitable fundraiser to help send fellow soccer players to camps and clinics.
“Ruben Duran’s work ethic is unbelievable,” said Jason DiOrio, Duran’s club coach with Las Vegas Premier. “Not only is he the hardest worker, but he’s probably the biggest student of the game. He is always striving to get better. He’s not only a threat attacking, but he is a defensive force as well.”
THE FUTURE: Duran has signed a National Letter of Intent to play soccer on an athletic scholarship at Cal Poly-San Luis Obispo this fall.