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.
Wakeland (Frisco, Texas)
Greatness Present: Harris Partain never stopped coming up big for Wakeland this spring. In the end, that wasn’t enough as the Wolverines lost 3-2 in penalty kicks to (Brownsville, Texas) Porter in the Class 5A state final. But it doesn’t take away from Partain’s highlight-reel capability, his instincts for sniping the angles to find the back of the net with either foot or his elite finishing touch.
The 5-foot-10, 160-pound midfielder scored 40 goals—a school record—and passed for 17 assists—also a school record—to lead Wakeland (25-1-1), and he was even better in the postseason. In seven Class 5A tournament games, Partain tallied 11 goals, with two in the state final, including the game-tying goal in the final two minutes of regulation.
Greatness Past: Partain was Second Team All-District 9-5A as a sophomore, First Team All-District as a junior and the unanimous District 9-5A MVP as a senior.
Greatness Future: Partain will continue his soccer career at the University of Central Arkansas in the fall.
Make no mistake: The Gatorade State Boys Soccer Player of the Year races aren’t over for winter and spring states, 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 regular updates on the top contenders making a case.