High-SchoolPlayer-of-the-Year: Cristian Mata

Oklahoma Boys Soccer POY: Cristian Mata

May, 15, 2012
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A dedicated ESPNHS team managed this spring'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 19 fellow Gatorade State Spring Boys Soccer Player of the Year winners, click here.
For the 30 Gatorade State Fall Boys Soccer Player of the Year winners, click here.

THE WINNER: Cristian Mata

THE BASICS

School: Union (Tulsa, Okla.)
Grade: Senior
Position: Forward
Height: 5-foot-9

THE PILLARS

Athletic achievement: Mata scored 22 goals and passed for eight assists this past season, leading the Redskins (13-2-1) to the Class 6A state championship game and a No. 11 national ranking in the ESPNHS Fab 50. He is a three-time All-District selection and a two-time member of the Tulsa All-Metro Team.

Academic excellence: Mata has maintained a 3.10 GPA in the classroom.

Exemplary character: He has volunteered locally on behalf of youth soccer programs and camps.

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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.

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