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: Brad Carabajal
School: Eldorado (Albuquerque, N.M.)
Weight: 145 pounds
Athletic achievement: Carabajal led the Eagles to an 18-3 record and the Class 5A state championship this past season. He scored nine goals and passed for 10 assists, including the assist on the game’s only goal in Eldorado’s 1-0 win over La Cueva (Albuquerque, N.M.) in the state title match. The Class 5A State Player of the Year and a two-time Albuquerque Journal First Team All-Metro selection, Carabajal concluded his prep soccer career with 23 goals and 31 assists.
Academic excellence: Carabajal has maintained a weighted 4.28 GPA in the classroom.
Exemplary character: He has volunteered locally at a homeless shelter, the Ronald McDonald House and as part of a community-beautification project.
“Brad Carabajal is the perfect center-mid that can control tempo, distribute, defend, flip a field and score if need be,” said Travis Nau, head coach of Manzano (Albuquerque, N.M.). “He is a well-rounded player.”
THE FUTURE: Carabajal has signed a National Letter of Intent to play soccer on an athletic scholarship at the University of New Mexico this fall.