High-SchoolPlayer-of-the-Year: Patrick Ruhland

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.

Patrick Hodan
Senior forward, Marquette University High (Milwaukee, WI)

2011 Team record: 24-0-1
2011 Team standing: Won Div. 1 state title; Ranked No. 3 in ESPNHS Fab 50

2011 Goals: 45
2011 Assists: 10
2011 Points per game: 2.2
Career goals: 82
Career assists: 32

Academics: A average
Collegiate destination: Notre Dame

How he’s played himself into the State POY conversation: NSCAA All-American; Wisconsin State Coaches Association Player of the Year; State record with eight state-tournament goals in 2011; School records for goals in a season and career.

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