High-SchoolPlayer-of-the-Year: Christiano Francois

New Jersey Boys Soccer POY: Christiano Francois

February, 22, 2012
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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: Christiano Francois

THE BASICS

School: St. Benedict’s Prep (Newark, N.J.)
Grade: Senior
Position: Forward
Height: 5-foot-7
Weight: 140 pounds

THE PILLARS

Athletic achievement: Francois led the Gray Bees to a 24-0 record and the New Jersey Prep A state championship this past season. He scored 44 goals and passed for 22 assists, including a goal and an assist in a 4-1 win over Pennington School (Pennington, N.J.) in the state final. The 2011 Newark Star Ledger New Jersey Prep Player of the Year, Francois is a two-time First Team Prep All-State selection. He concluded his two seasons at St. Benedict’s with 60 goals and 41 assists.

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

Exemplary character: A refugee from Haiti who came to the United States two years ago, he has volunteered locally as a youth soccer coach and on behalf of the Special Olympics in addition to serving as a gospel singer in his church choir.

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Eye on POY: New Jersey boys soccer

February, 15, 2012
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The fall soccer season may have concluded, but the search for Gatorade State Boys Soccer Players of the Year 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.

Brandon Allen
Senior forward, St. Joseph's (Metuchen, N.J.)

2011 Team record: 14-6-2 (Non-Public A)
2011 Team standing: Lost Non-Public A championship game

2011 Goals: 26
2011 Assists: 10
2011 Points per game: 1.64
Career goals: 115

Academics: A-minus average
Collegiate destination: Georgetown University

How he’s played herself into the State POY conversation: Totaled five goals and two assists in the first two rounds of the Non-Public A postseason. Recorded nine multi-goal games including three hat tricks. Directly responsible for 36 of the Falcons’ 53 goals (67.9 percent). Traveled to Portugal with the U.S. Soccer U18 Men's National Team in May 2011. 2011 Soccer Coaches Association of New Jersey Player of the Year. 2011 NSCAA State Player of the Year. Two-time Greater Middlesex Conference Player of the Year. No. 11 ranked recruit in Class of 2012 as rated by ESPNHS.

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