High-SchoolPlayer-of-the-Year: Half Hollow Hills West

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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