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Wednesday, May 9, 2012
Eye on POY: Oklahoma boys soccer


The window on the Gatorade State Boys Soccer Player of the Year race is closing, and the search for elite student-athletes 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.

Tom Carwile
Senior Midfielder, Booker T. Washington High (Tulsa, OK)

2012 Team record: 12-1
2012 Team standing: Lost to Northwest Classen, 1-0, in Class 5A semifinal

2012 Goals: 22
2012 Assists: 7
2012 Points per game: 2.23
Career goals: 65
Career assists: 34

Academics: A average
Collegiate destination: Trinity University (TX)

How he’s played himself into the State POY conversation: Two-time All-Metro; Three-time All-District; Led team to undefeated regular season.

Cristian Mata
Senior Forward, Union High (Tulsa, OK)

2012 Team record: 13-1-1
2012 Team standing: Plays Norman North in Class 6A final, May 12

2012 Goals: 22
2012 Assists: 7
2012 Points per game: 2.42
Career goals: 50
Career assists: 12

Academics: B average
Collegiate destination: Tulsa

How he’s played himself into the State POY conversation: Scored game-winning OT goal in state semifinal; Three-time All-district; Two-time All-Metro.

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 2012-12 campaign.

Mauro Cichero: Sophomore Midfielder, Norman North High (Norman, OK)
Anthony Hernandez: Junior Defender, Putnam City North High (Oklahoma City, OK)
Ben LaCourse: Senior Goalkeeper, Metro Christian Academy (Tulsa, OK)
Isaac Fraley: Senior Defender, Jenks High (Jenks, OK)
Brandon Little Axe: Senior Forward, Norman North High (Norman, OK)

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.