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.
Senior forward, Houston County (Warner Robins, Ga.)
Greatness Present: Steven Moore keeps piling up the goals, and Houston County keeps piling up the wins.
The 5-foot-9, 161-pound forward made it three hat tricks in three postseason games, as he led the Bears (17-0-1) past Columbus (Ga.) Northside, 7-1, in the first round of the Class AAAAA state tournament.
Moore also contributed an assist in the victory to bring his season totals to 45 goals and 14 assists. Moore recorded a pair of hat tricks in the Region 2-AAAAA tournament as well, including one as HoCo rallied from three goals down in the second half to defeat Evans (Ga.) Greenbrier, 4-3, in a shootout to decide the regional championship.
Greatness Past: Named the region’s 2014 Player of the Year as a junior, Moore scored 84 goals in his first three prep seasons, leading the Bears to back-to-back state title game appearances.
Greatness Future: Moore has signed with Berry (Ga.) College.
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.