High-SchoolPlayer-of-the-Year: Grand Blanc

Michigan Boys Soccer POY: Zach Carroll

February, 22, 2012
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: Zach Carroll


School: Grand Blanc (Mich.)
Grade: Senior
Position: Defender
Height: 6-foot-2
Weight: 185 pounds


Athletic achievement: Carroll scored eight goals and passed for seven assists this past season, leading the Bobcats (17-5) to the Division 1, Region 4 semifinals. The 2011 National Soccer Coaches Association of America National High School Player of the Year, he was the Michigan Soccer Coaches Association’s Mr. Soccer. Carroll was also a member of the U.S. Soccer Under-17 Men’s National Team that participated in the FIFA U-17 World Cup last summer. He concluded his prep soccer career with 33 goals and 30 assists.

Academic excellence: Carroll has maintained a 3.64 GPA in the classroom.

Exemplary character: He has volunteered locally as a youth soccer coach and as part of multiple community service initiatives on behalf of the Grand Blanc High National Honor Society.

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Eye on POY: Michigan boys soccer

February, 15, 2012
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.

Zach Carroll
Senior midfielder/defender, Grand Blanc (Mich.)

2011 Team record: 17-5 (Division 1)
2011 Team standing: Lost Division 1, Regional 4 semifinals

2011 Goals: 8
2011 Assists: 7
2011 Points per game: 0.68
Career goals: 33
Career assists: 30

Academics: A-minus average
Collegiate destination: University of Virginia

How he’s played herself into the State POY conversation: Led a defense that allowed 21 goals in 22 games despite graduating its entire 2010 corps, including the goalie. 2011 National Soccer Coaches Association of America National High School Player of the Year. U.S. Men's Soccer Under-17 Men's National Team member. 2011 Michigan Soccer Coaches Association Mr. Soccer. Two-time Dream Team selection. Four-time First Team All-Kensington Lakes Athletic Association selection. No. 7 ranked recruit in Class of 2012 as rated by ESPNHS.

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