From many, there will be one. While there’s no guarantee contending athletes will win their state at this point in the season, a number of elite performers are making a case for Gatorade National Boys Soccer Player of the Year consideration. Here’s the scoop on the latest top candidate.
Senior midfielder, Cardinal Newman (Columbia, S.C.)
Greatness Present: As the end of the regular season approaches, Millard has found a new gear for the Cardinals (16-6-2).
The 5-foot-7, 155-pound senior midfielder amassed six goals and six assists in Newman’s last five games, including a two-goal, three-assist effort in an 8-0 win over crosstown rival Ben Lippen on Tuesday.
Despite missing the first seven games of the season because of commitments to SC United of the Development Academy, Millard has totaled 16 goals and 16 assists on the season.
Greatness Past: A member of the U.S. Soccer Under-18 Men’s National Team, Millard was the only player to be named a High School All-American, Youth All-American and Scholar-Athlete All-American in 2012 by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America.
Greatness Future: Millard has signed with South Carolina.
Make no mistake: The Gatorade State Boys Soccer Player of the Year races aren’t over, and the National POY race is heating up. Time remains for one standout student-athlete among thousands to rise to the top.Check back for daily updates on the top contenders making their case.