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Wednesday, February 22, 2012
Minnesota Boys Soccer POY: Matthew Gweh

By Ben Rohrbach

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: Matthew Gweh

THE BASICS

School: Eastview (Apple Valley, Minn.)
Grade: Junior
Position: Forward
Height: 5-foot-5

THE PILLARS

Athletic achievement: Gweh scored 28 goals and passed for eight assists this past season, leading the Lightning (20-1-1) to the Class AA state finals. An All-American selection by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America, he was a First Team All-State honoree, a member of the Star Tribune All-Metro Team and the Pioneer Press Metro Player of the Year.

Academic excellence: Gweh has maintained a 3.67 GPA in the classroom.

Exemplary character: A devoted member of his church youth group, he has volunteered locally on behalf of an AIDS awareness program and as a youth soccer coach.

THE PRAISE

“Gweh has great speed and he’s very strong on the ball,” said Shane Lanning, head coach of Hastings (Minn.). “He’s a dynamic player and you always have to know where he is. I hate it whenever he gets the ball.”

THE FUTURE: Gweh will begin his senior year of high school this fall.