The Gatorade State Boys Soccer Players of the Year were selected based on athletic production and impact in the 2014-15 season. Each winner also demonstrated high academic achievement and exemplary personal character, including volunteerism, sportsmanship and community leadership.
For a list of the other Gatorade State Boys Soccer Players of the Year winners, click here.
THE WINNER: Elliot Smith-Hastie
School: Loyola (Los Angeles, Calif.)
Weight: 150 pounds
Athletic achievement: He led the Cubs to a 28-4 record and both the Southern Section Division I title and the Southern California Division I Regional tournament championship this past season. Smith-Hastie scored 22 goals and passed for 17 assists, including two goals in the sectional final and a goal and assist in the regional title game. The Southern Section and California Interscholastic Federation Division I Player of the Year, he concluded his prep soccer career with 39 goals and 30 assists.
Academic excellence: Smith-Hastie has maintained a weighted 3.75 GPA.
Exemplary character: A gifted photographer, he’s had a collection of his photographs featured in a gallery at the Cathedral in downtown Los Angeles. He has also volunteered locally at a special education center and as a middle school tutor and teacher’s aide.
“Elliot Smith-Hastie is an incredible competitor,” said Todd Heil, head coach of Santa Barbara High. “We just didn’t have an answer for him. Without him, I don’t see Loyola having the season they did. He was their spark and energy on the offensive end.”
THE FUTURE: Smith-Hastie has signed a National Letter of Intent to play soccer on an athletic scholarship at Boston College beginning this fall.