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: Patrick Hodan
School: Marquette University (Milwaukee, Wis.)
Athletic achievement: Hodan scored 45 goals and passed for 10 assists this past season, leading the Hilltoppers (24-0-1) to their second consecutive state title and a No. 3 ranking in the ESPNHS Fab 50. An All-American selection by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America, he was also named the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel Player of the Year, the Greater Metro Conference Player of the Year and the Wisconsin Soccer Coaches Player of the Year. Hodan set school records for most goals in a single season and career, and broke his own state postseason record with eight goals in this year’s state tournament.
Academic excellence: Hodan has maintained 4.01 GPA in the classroom.
Exemplary character: He has volunteered locally on behalf of the Special Olympics and the St. Vincent de Paul Society’s meal program for the needy.
“Hodan might be the most dangerous player I’ve seen in 30 years,” said Ken Burghy, head coach of Middleton (Wis.). “His ability to slip through tiny spaces with incredible quickness, blow by defenders in his first two steps and do it all while keeping the ball attached to his foot is phenomenal.”
THE FUTURE: Hodan has signed a National Letter of Intent to play soccer on scholarship at the University of Notre Dame this fall.