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Wednesday, February 22, 2012
Maryland Boys Soccer POY: Andrew Harris

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: Andrew Harris

THE BASICS

School: Gilman School (Baltimore, Md.)
Grade: Senior
Position: Goalkeeper
Height: 6-foot
Weight: 195 pounds

THE PILLARS

Athletic achievement: Harris recorded 15 shutouts and allowed 10 goals this past season, leading the Greyhounds (18-4-1) to the Independent Athletic Association of Maryland Conference A tournament championship game. A two-time All-American selection by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America, he is a two-time First Team All-State honoree and the 2010 Baltimore Sun All-Metro Player of the Year. Harris concluded his prep soccer career with 37 shutouts.

Academic excellence: Harris has maintained a B average in the classroom.

Exemplary character: The vice president of the Gilman senior class and a member of the school’s judiciary committee, he has volunteered locally as part of a fundraising campaign on behalf of breast cancer research and as a youth soccer coach.

THE PRAISE

“The amazing thing about Andrew Harris’ career was the number of goals Gilman gave up through a brutal schedule,” said John Coppola, head coach of Archbishop Spalding (Severn, Md.). “They just didn’t surrender a lot of goals. Harris always had control of the box. He has very quick reflexes and was just an outstanding leader.”

THE FUTURE: Harris has signed a National Letter of Intent to play soccer on an athletic scholarship at Wake Forest University this fall.