Updated June 17, 2020 - 2:46 pm
Two Class 4A state champions have earned recognition as Gatorade Soccer Player of the Year.
Bishop Gorman senior defender Caden Buckley won the boys award, and Faith Lutheran sophomore goalkeeper Jordan Brown claimed the girls honor.
Buckley combined strong defense with seven goals and six assists for the Gaels, who were 26-0-1 and won their first state championship since 2012. Buckley assisted on the only goal in the championship game, a 1-0 victory over Eldorado.
The 6-foot, 160-pounder, the Nevada Preps All-Southern Nevada Player of the Year, has signed to play at Santa Clara. He’s the ninth Gatorade Nevada Boys Soccer Player of the Year from Bishop Gorman.
Brown helped make the Faith Lutheran defense nearly impenetrable during its 23-0-1 season. She allowed three goals and posted 18 shutouts, including a 1-0 decision over Coronado in the state title game.
Brown scored a goal on a direct kickoff and assisted on two more, and she’s ranked as the No. 27 recruit in the nation for the class of 2022 by TopDrawerSoccer.com. She is the first Gatorade Nevada Girls Soccer Player of the Year from Faith Lutheran.
NIAA Top 10 winners announced
The Nevada Interscholastic Activities Association has announced its winners for the Top 10 Student-Athletes of the Year awards.
The winners — 10 in the north and 10 in the south — each will be awarded a $1,000 scholarship. They all excelled in sports, academics and community service.
The 10 winners from the south are: Taylor Bair, Foothill; Gabriel Belt, Needles; Zachary Billot, Spring Valley; Russell Bodily, Moapa Valley; Ladd Cox, Boulder City; Jenifer Thanh Do, Spring Valley; Nathalie Lagamayo, Virgin Valley; Grant Odegard, Pahrump Valley; Vanessa Sanchez, Chaparral; and Sadie Soderborg, Lincoln County.