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

By Eric Snyder

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.

Jordan Morris
Junior midfielder, Mercer Island (Wash.)

2012 Team record: 11-1-4
2012 Team standing: Class 3A state tournament begins May 16

2012 Goals: 21
2012 Assists: 15
Career goals: 31
Career assists: 26

Academics: A average
Collegiate destination: Stanford University (verbal)

How he’s played himself into the State POY conversation: Averaging 2.4 points per game this season. 2012 KingCo League Most Valuable Player. 2011 First Team All-KingCo League selection.

Daniel Nadeau
Senior forward, Shorewood (Shoreline, Wash.)

2012 Team record: 16-0
2012 Team standing: Class 3A state tournament begins May 16

2012 Shutouts: 14
2012 Goals allowed: 3
2012 Saves: 48
Career Shutouts: 28

Academics: B-plus average
Collegiate destination: Undecided

How he’s played himself into the State POY conversation: Allowing only 0.19 goals per game this season. Has recorded 14 shutouts in 16 games. Owns a 37-0 career record.

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.

Reilly Cross: Senior forward, Snohomish (Wash.)
Michael Klavuhn: Senior forward, Decatur (Federal Way, Wash.)
Miles Rodriguez-Nilsen: Senior midfielder, Central Kitsap (Silverdale, Wash.)
Alex Shane: Junior forward, Issaquah (Wash.)
Jordan Thompson: Junior forward, Newport (Bellevue, Wash.)

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.