From many, there will be one. And while there’s still no guarantee contending athletes will win their own 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.
Sophomore midfielder, Sunlake (Land O’Lakes, Fla.)
Greatness Present: Pimm’s four-goal effort during an 8-0 win over Nature Coast Tech (Brooksville, Fla.) in a Class 3A regional quarterfinal showdown last week may have been more noteworthy were it not business as usual for the sophomore attacking midfielder.
As he told the Tampa Bay Times, “I just did my normal thing.”
Entering this week’s regional semifinals, Pimm has scored 59 goals and passed for 37 assists through 29 games for the Seahawks (27-1-1). That’s an average of two goals and 3.3 points per contest this winter.
As a team, Sunlake has scored 163 goals, an average of 5.6 per game, and Primm has had a foot in almost 60 percent of those tallies.
Greatness Past: This is Pimm’s first year playing high school soccer. From 2011-13, he played for IMG Academy of the Development Academy and spent part of this past summer competing with the youth academy team for Swansea City of the English Premier League.
Greatness Future: Pimm will be a junior this fall.
Make no mistake: The Gatorade State Boys Soccer Player of the Year races aren’t over, and the National POY race is now heating up. Time remains for one standout student-athlete among thousands to rise to the top of our list.Check back for daily updates on the top contenders making their case.