High-SchoolPlayer-of-the-Year: Dakota Edwards

New York Boys Soccer POY: Dakota Edwards

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: Dakota Edwards

THE BASICS

School: Sayville (West Sayville, N.Y.)
Grade: Senior
Position: Defender
Height: 6-foot-2

THE PILLARS

Athletic achievement: Edwards scored eight goals and passed for 12 assists this past season, leading the Golden Flashes (14-3-1) to the Suffolk County finals. An All-American selection by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America, he is also the NSCAA New York Player of the Year, the Long Island Player of the Year and a two-time All-State honoree.

Academic excellence: Edwards has maintained a B-plus average in the classroom.

Exemplary character: He has volunteered locally on behalf of an area soup kitchen and youth soccer programs.

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Eye on POY: New York boys soccer

February, 16, 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.

Dakota Edwards
Senior Defender, Sayville High (West Sayville, NY)

2011 Team record: 14-3-1
2011 Team standing: Lost in Suffolk County title game

2011 Goals: 8
2011 Assists: 12
2011 Points per game: 1.11
Career goals: 24
Career assists: 30

Academics: B-plus average
Collegiate destination: Maryland

How he’s played himself into the State POY conversation: NSCAA All-American; NSCAA New York Player of the Year; Long Island Player of the Year; All-State; Ranked No. 40 senior by ESPNHS.

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