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Boys' Soccer Athlete of the Year
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2000

Dan Walsh
U.S. Air Academy, Colorado Springs, Colorado

Walsh, a forward, was named to the All-Colorado Team by the Denver Post and the Rocky Mountain News as a senior after scoring 25 goals and adding 7 assists in 15 games, ranking second in the state's Class 5A scoring race. The 25 goals gave him 69 in his career, both school records. He also starred for the Chargers Premier Gold under-18 traveling team. A three-sport athlete, Walsh was a captain of the basketball team and was voted the team's Most Inspirational Player as a senior, and also was a member of the track team. "Athletes like Dan Walsh are among the success stories produced in high school athletics today," NHSCA executive director Bob Ferraro said. "He has worked extremely hard to develop his skills and has become one of the best athletes not only in the state of Colorado, but the entire nation, and we are proud to be honoring him." Walsh also was outstanding in the classroom. The National Honor Society member earned a 3.98 grade-point average, graduated in the top 7 per cent of his class, and scored 25 on the ACT and 1150 on the SAT. His accomplishments earned him a spot on the Colorado State Academic First Team. He earned an appointment to the U.S. Air Force Academy.

 

2001

Ned Grabavoy
Lincoln-Way High School, New Lenox, Illinois

"Athletes like Ned Grabavoy are among the success stories produced in high school athletics today," NHSCA executive director Bob Ferraro said. "He has worked extremely hard to develop his skills and has become one of the best soccer players not only in the state of Illinois, but the entire nation, and we are proud to be honoring him." Grabavoy, who will attend Indiana University, grabbed national attention as a junior by scoring 42 goals, leading Lincoln-Way High to the first of back-to-back appearances in the Class AA state championship game. As a senior, Grabavoy added 43 more goals to lead nationally-ranked Lincoln-Way to a record of 52-4-3 over two years. A two-time high school All-American and captain of the U.S. Under-18 National Team, Grabavoy was selected National Player of the Year by SchoolSports.com.

 

2002

David Walters
Lake Lehman High School, Lehman, Pennsylvania

"Athletes like David Walters are among the success stories produced in high school athletics today," NHSCA Executive Directors Bob Ferraro said. "He has worked extremely hard to develop his skills and has become one of the best soccer players not only in the state of Pennsylvania, but the entire nation, and we are proud to be honoring him." Walters, who will attend Penn State University, was a two-time First team All-America selection by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) as well as a three-time All-State selection. The runner-up in the NSCAAA Player of the Year balloting as a senior, Walters was selected to the East squad for the inaugural Powerade McDonald's All-America Games last month. He also has played on the under-16 and under-15 national teams,

 

2003

Greg Dalby
Poway High School, Poway, California

"While it is often easier to notice the offensive accomplishments of the best soccer players in the nation, Greg Dalby made a name for himself playing some of the best defense in the country this year," said NHSCA executive director Bob Ferraro. "The NHSCA is proud to recognize Greg Dalby as the National High School Senior Boys Soccer Athlete of the Year." Dalby earned a soccer scholarship to Notre Dame after closing out his senior season being named the California Player of the Year for the second time and being chosen for several national player of the year honors. A defensive specialist, Dalby still managed to score 15 goals and tally 16 assists in his career at Poway High. During his three years with Poway, the team compiled a record of 50-16-9, and his teammates and the program honored his efforts by making him co-captain as a senior and retiring his jersey after the his final game. Dalby, who already has made his presence known on the U.S. National Team, is expected to make and immediate contribution at Notre Dame despite being one of the nation's youngest players due to graduating from Poway a year early.

 

2004

Nick Colaluca
La Salle Academy in Providence, Rhode Island

Moving on to soccer, the NHSCA Senior Boys' Soccer Athlete of the Year is Nick Colaluca of La Salle Academy in Providence, R.I. Colaluca, a midfielder with several national honors and recognitions, led his team to a 23-0 record last fall and a fourth straight state championship. The four-year starter will now take his athletic and academic careers to the University of Virginia.  

 

2005

Lee Nguyen
Plano East High School, Plano, Texas

In his first six games as a senior, Nguyen, a 5-foot-8 midfielder/forward, scored eight goals and had six assists to go with the 42 goals and 33 assists he scored as a sophomore and junior. The Parade All-American was voted the Gatorade National Player of the Year. He led the U.S. under-18 national team with four goals in the Copa Chivas Tournament in Mexico in January and scored his team's only goal as the under-20 national team tied the San Jose Earthquakes of Major League Soccer, 1-1 in April. Also an outstanding student with a 3.8 GPA, he will attend Indiana University.

 

2006

Eric Alexander
Portage Central High School, Portage, Michigan

The 6-foot midfielder scored 28 goals and added 11 assists as a senior, leading Portage Central to a 19-2-4 record and a district title. One of the top players in Michigan history, he was a two-time All-State and Michigan Dream Team selection and was the recipient of Michigan's Mr. Soccer award as a senior. One of only two players in the nation to be named to an adidas Elite Soccer All-Star team twice, Alexander is a four-year member of the Michigan Olympic Development Program (ODP), the Most Valuable Player of the 2004 State Cup, and a three-year member of the Region II ODP team. The National High School Soccer Coaches Association (NSCAA) Player of the Year, he will attend Indiana University.

 

2007

Andrew Duran
Lincoln-Way East High School, Frankfort, Illinois

Duran has overcome a multitude of physical ailments to excel on the soccer field. The 6-foot-1 midfielder led Lincoln-Way East to a 22-2 record in his final 24 games played. In his career, he scored 20 goals and added 47 assists, including a school-record 19 assists as a sophomore. After suffering four collapsed lungs over a two-year period that required surgery on both lungs, Duran returned just months after the operations to score 10 goals and 10 assists for the Griffins as a senior before a broken foot ended his season in the team's 11th game. Selected the National Soccer Coaches Association of America's NSCAA/adidas High School Player of the Year as a senior, he will attend Creighton University.

 

2008

Casey Townsend
Traverse City West High School, Traverse City, Michigan

A three-time Parade magazine All-American and a two-time National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA)/adidas All-American, the 5-foot-10 forward recently was selected as the Gatorade Michigan Player of the Year for the second time. Last fall, Townsend tied the Division 1 state record by scoring 53 goals, adding 11 assists to lead the Titans to a 19-3 record and a berth in the regional semifinals. As a junior, he led Traverse City West to its first state title, recording 26 goals and 11 assists. During the team's six-game postseason run, he scored in every match and notched the game-winner in both the semifinal and the championship game. Townsend concluded his career with 105 goals and 47 assists, and also is a member of the United States Soccer Federation (USSF) Under-20 National Team. Townsend already has started classes at the University of Maryland, where he will play collegiate soccer, after graduating from West in December.

 

2009

Kevin Bick
St. Xavier High School, Louisville, Kentucky

The versatile Bick was one of just seven players to be named a two-time National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA)/adidas Boys High School All-American this year and also was an ESPN RISE All-America First Team selection last fall. Bick led St. Xavier to back-to-back state titles his junior and senior seasons, as the Tigers compiled a record of 47-1-2 during those two years. St. Xavier was undefeated (25-0-2) during Bick's junior season and 22-1 last fall. The Gatorade State Player of the Year in 2007, Bick was named First Team All-State in 2007 and 2008 and became the first player to be named Kentucky's Mr. Soccer recipient twice. In his final three seasons, Bick tallied 43 goals and 46 assists, including 21 goals and 19 assists as a forward in 2007. He  moved back to the midfield as a senior, finishing with 12 goals and 14 assists. Committed to Indiana University, Bick also was a member of the U.S. Under-18 National Team in 2008.

 

2010

Soony Saad
Dearborn High School, Dearborn, Michigan

The 5-foot-10, 160-pound Saad was named the Gatorade National Player of the Year this year after setting a state record by scoring 76 goals this season – which also led the nation – adding 15 assists to earn Mr. Soccer honors from the Michigan Soccer Coaches Association. He led Dearborn to a record of 18-2-2 and a berth in the Division 1 state tournament round of 16, and the team was 75-11-2 during his four-year career. He also was named the ESPN RISE Player of the Year and was selected to the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA)/adidas All-America First Team in 2009. Saad also was the 2008 U.S. Soccer Development Academy Player of the Year. A four-time All-State selection, Saad concluded his high school career with 172 goals, also a state record, and 51 assists. Also an outstanding student with a 3.44 grade-point average, he will attend the University of Michigan, where his brother, Hamoody, started at midfield this year as a freshman.

 

2011

Dzenan Catic
East Kentwood High School, Grand Rapids, Michigan  

For the second straight year, the player voted Mr. Soccer by the Michigan High School Soccer Coaches Association has been named the NHSCA Senior Athlete of the Year. Catic follows 2010 honoree Soony Saad of Dearborn High, who led the University of Michigan to the NCAA Final Four as a freshman. A four-year starter, Catic, a 6-foot-2, 175-pound midfielder, became the first West Michigan player to earn Mr. Soccer honors since 2004. Catic scored 45 goals and added 23 assists in leading the Falcons to a 25-1-1 record and their third Division 1 state championship in the past four years, with those teams compiling an overall record of 94-6-5 during his career. Catic finished his career with 103 goals and 45 assists. As a senior, he was named to the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) First Team, the ESPN Rise Fall All-America First Team and is the Gatorade Michigan Boys Soccer Player of the Year. Also an outstanding student with a 3.9 GPA, Catic is committed to Michigan State University. However, he worked out with a German soccer club overseas this spring, and also is considering starting his professional career.

 

2012

Andrew Harris
The Gilman School, Baltimore,Maryland

The only goalkeeper to become a two-time National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) High School All-American this year, the 6-foot, 190-pound Harris made 10saves and recorded his school-record 13th shutout in his junior season, leading the Greyhounds to a 17-2-3 record and their first Interscholastic Athletic Association of Maryland A Conference championship since 1995. He was named All-Metro Player of the Year by The Baltimore Sun as a junior and the Gatorade Maryland Player of the Year as a senior. This year, Harris led the Greyhounds (18-4-1) back to the conference title game. He broke his own school record by recording 15 shutouts, and allowed just 10 goals all season. Also an expert ball-handler,Harris was a forward for the Greyhounds as a freshman, scoring three goals. In his three years as a starter, Harris was 52-14-7with 37 shutouts. Also an outstanding student with a 3.5 grade point average, Harris is the senior class vice president and a member of the school’s judiciary committee. A member of the U.S. Soccer Under-18 Team pool, Harris will attend Wake Forest University.

 

2013

Christian Roldan
El Rancho High School, Pico Rivera, California  

Christian Roldan had an incredible senior season, scoring 54 goals while passing for 31 assists. Roldan’s explosive year led El Rancho to the California Interscholastic Federation’s Southern Section Division 3 championship with a 29-2-1 record. Roldan actually scored more goals this year than he did in his first three years. The University of Washington recruit entered this season with 40 total goals and ends his career with 94 plus 71 assists.

 

2014

Brad Ross
Franklin High School, Franklin, Tennessee

Brad Ross of Franklin High School closed out an impressive high school career by leading his school to back-to-back Tennessee Class AAA state championships and back-to-back unbeaten seasons with a 37-0-2 record. Ross, who was a National Soccer Coaches Association All-American as a junior and a senior, carries a 3.90 GPA and has volunteered as a peer math tutor and a youth soccer coach. Ross, who will attend Holy Cross, was Tennessee’s Gatorade Boys’ Soccer Player of the Year. Ross is the first Tennessee boys’ soccer player to be honored by the NHSCA.

 

2015

Connor Smith
McDonogh School, Owings Mill, Maryland

Connor Smith had an outstanding senior season with 23 goals and 21 assists to lead McDonogh to the semifinals of the Class A Independent Athletic Association of Maryland Tournament.  Smith, who as the Player of the Year for the Baltimore Sun and the Maryland Association of Coaches of Soccer, finished his career with 46 goals and 31 assists.  Smith was Gatorade’s Maryland State Soccer Player of the Year and the National Soccer Coaches of America’s POY.

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