High-SchoolPlayer-of-the-Year: Matthew Gweh

Minnesota Boys Soccer POY: Matthew Gweh

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: Matthew Gweh

THE BASICS

School: Eastview (Apple Valley, Minn.)
Grade: Junior
Position: Forward
Height: 5-foot-5

THE PILLARS

Athletic achievement: Gweh scored 28 goals and passed for eight assists this past season, leading the Lightning (20-1-1) to the Class AA state finals. An All-American selection by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America, he was a First Team All-State honoree, a member of the Star Tribune All-Metro Team and the Pioneer Press Metro Player of the Year.

Academic excellence: Gweh has maintained a 3.67 GPA in the classroom.

Exemplary character: A devoted member of his church youth group, he has volunteered locally on behalf of an AIDS awareness program and as a youth soccer coach.

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Eye on POY: Minnesota 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.

Elliot Cassutt
Junior Forward, Minneapolis South High (Minneapolis, MN)

2011 Team record: 14-3-1
2011 Team standing: Lost in sectional finals

2011 Goals: 15
2011 Assists: 12
2011 Points per game: 1.8
Career goals: 70
Career assists: 45

Academics: A average
Collegiate destination: HS Junior

How he’s played himself into the State POY conversation: NSCAA All-American; First Team All-State; All-Metro; Set single-season state record for goals as a sophomore.

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