Eye on POY: Washington D.C. boys soccer

February, 16, 2012
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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.

Nicko Corriveau
Junior forward/midfielder, Gonzaga College (Washington, D.C.)

2011 Team record: 12-4-2 (Washington Catholic Athletic Conference)
2011 Team standing: Lost WCAC Tournament championship game

2011 Goals: 11
2011 Assists: 6
2011 Points per game: 1.21
Career goals: 29
Career assists: 16

Academics: A average
Collegiate destination: University of Virginia (verbal)

How he’s played herself into the State POY conversation: 2011 Washington Post Second Team All-Met selection. Two-time First Team All-WCAC selection. 2009 U.S. Soccer Residency Program participant. No. 40 ranked recruit in Class of 2013 as rated by ESPNHS.

Ian Harkes
Junior forward/midfielder, Gonzaga College (Washington, D.C.)

2011 Team record: 12-4-2 (Washington Catholic Athletic Conference)
2011 Team standing: Lost WCAC Tournament championship game

2011 Goals: 16
2011 Assists: 10
2011 Points per game: 1.44
Career goals: 20
Career assists: 20

Academics: A average
Collegiate destination: Undecided

How he’s played herself into the State POY conversation: Scored a goal in both the WCAC semifinals and WCAC final. 2011 Washington Post First Team All-Met selection. 2011 First Team All-WCAC selection. 2010 Second Team All-WCAC selection.

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.

Ben Citrin: Senior midfielder, Sidwell Friends School (Washington, D.C.)
Guy Cross: Senior midfielder/defender, St. John’s College (Washington, D.C.)
Matt Ledder: Sophomore midfielder, Gonzaga College (Washington, D.C.)
Ryan Massey: Junior goalkeeper, Gonzaga College (Washington, D.C.)
Curtis Oberg: Senior defender, Sidwell Friends School (Washington, D.C.)

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.

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