Iowa Boys Soccer POY: Mueng Sunday

Iowa Boys Soccer POY: Mueng Sunday

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Iowa Boys Soccer POY: Mueng Sunday

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THE WINNER: Mueng Sunday

THE BASICS

School: Iowa City (Iowa) West
Grade: Senior
Position: Defensive midfielder
Height: 5-foot-9
Weight: 170 pounds

Athletic achievement: He the Trojans to a 12-1 record entering this week’s regular-season game against Jefferson (Cedar Rapids, Iowa), scheduled for May 13. Sunday scored two goals and passed for six assists and led a defense that had allowed only four goals during the team’s first 13 games — just one in the past nine. A 2012 Class 3A First Team All-State selection, he has helped lead Iowa City West to back-to-back Class 3A state championships.

Academic excellence: Sunday has maintained a 3.97 GPA.

Exemplary character: A member of the National Honor Society, he has volunteered locally as a youth soccer coach.

THE PRAISE

“Mueng Sunday has the most influence on the game of anyone,” said Steve Robertson, head coach of Kennedy (Cedar Rapids, Iowa). “Not many times in your pre-game talk to your team do you talk about having to stop a defensive midfielder, but that is what he can do if you don’t account for him.”

THE FUTURE: Sunday has signed with Drake University.

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