South Carolina Boys' Soccer POY

Updated: August 25, 2008, 4:46 PM ET
ESPNRISE.com

In its third decade of honoring the nation's best high school athletes, Gatorade joined with RISE Magazine to name junior forward ENZO MARTINEZ of NORTHWESTERN HIGH in Rock Hill as its 2007-08 South Carolina Boys' Soccer Player of the Year.

The state's returning Gatorade Boys Soccer Player of the Year, Martinez scored 49 goals and passed for 21 assists this season, helping the Trojans to a 21-2 record entering the Class AAAA state semifinals, scheduled for May 13. A two-time Class 4A Player of the Year and two-time SCSoccer.com Super 22 member, the 5-foot-6, 142-pound junior forward had recorded a state-record 142 goals and 68 assists in his career at the time of his selection. As a freshman, Martinez totaled 37 goals and 22 assists, helping Northwestern to the state championship. He recorded 56 goals and 25 assists as the Trojans reached the state title game last season.

A native of Uruguay, Martinez has maintained a 3.92 GPA in the classroom. He participates in multiple community-service initiatives, volunteering as a youth referee, coach and mentor at area soccer clinics on behalf of several youth programs in Rock Hill.



"He's scary good," said Wayne Quinlan, the former head coach at rival Dutch Fork High, now serving as a coordinator with the Columbia United FC soccer club. "Enzo is such an explosive attacking player. He's really the guy that when you're on the other sidelines, you don't want to look when he's got it. He can hurt you at any time."

Martinez will begin his senior year of high school this fall and remains undecided upon a collegiate destination.