Tennessee Boys' Soccer Player of the Year

Updated: August 25, 2008, 5:20 PM ET
ESPNRISE.com

In its third decade of honoring the nation's best high school athletes, Gatorade joined with RISE Magazine to name senior midfielder STEPHEN MORRISSEY of BATTLE GROUND ACADEMY in Franklin as its 2007-08 Tennessee Boys' Soccer Player of the Year.

The 6-foot, 170-pound senior midfielder scored 15 goals and passed for 13 assists this season, as the Wildcats finished 6-8-1, falling in the Division II District playoffs. A returning All-Region III selection as named by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America, Morrissey recorded 60 goals and 35 assists in his career. He helped Battle Ground Academy to the 2006 Division II state championship as a sophomore. Morrissey also captains the Tennessee Futbol Club, winner of five United States Youth Soccer State Cup titles.



Morrissey has maintained a 3.66 GPA in the classroom. In addition to volunteering as a mentor and instructor at area youth soccer clinics for the Tennessee Futbol Club, he has participated in the ACE Mentor Program, a professional resource program for high school students which introduces enrollees to courses of study in the fields of architecture, construction and engineering. Morrissey also participates in multiple community-service initiatives on behalf of the National Honor Society.

"He's one of the hardest workers on the field," said Ajit Korgaokar, Morrissey's club coach with the Tennessee Futbol Club. "He has very good technical ability and not many players understand the game the way he does. When he plays against better teams and better players, the kid just comes on."

Morrissey has signed a National Letter of Intent to play soccer at the University of South Carolina this fall.