The Gatorade State Boys Soccer Players of the Year were selected based on athletic production and impact in the 2015-16 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: Aidan Dayton
School: Maple Mountain (Spanish Fork, Utah)
Position: Defender and Midfielder
Weight: 155 pounds
Athletic achievement: He had led the Golden Eagles to a 12-1 record at the time of his selection. Dayton scored 8 goals and passed for 14 assists through 13 games. A veteran of the Region IV Olympic Development Program and Real Salt Lake Academy, he leads a Maple Mountain defense that has recorded eight shutouts and allowed just seven goals.
Academic excellence: Dayton has maintained a 3.79 GPA.
Exemplary character: A devoted member of his church community and a peer tutor in his school, he has participated in multiple trips to assist orphanages in rural Mexico.
“Dayton is smart and creative in his offense,” said Shane Ferrin, head coach at Spanish Fork High. “He’s intuitive on defense and he brings his entire team up with his significant effort and positive attitude.”
THE FUTURE: Dayton will begin his senior year of high school this fall.