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NCAA Dec 13, 2021

United Soccer Coaches announces 2021 Player of the Year awards for all levels

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — United Soccer Coaches announced the 2021 Player of the Year recipients across the senior college, junior college, high school, and youth levels.

Please note: The NCAA Division I men and women Players of the Year, which will be the MAC Hermann Trophy recipients, will be announced on January 7 in St. Louis, Mo.

Among the 18 athletes earning honors, one player is earning Player of the Year for the second time in their career. Amherst senior forward German Giammattei repeats as NCAA Division III Men’s National Player of the Year, having also captured this honor in 2019.

Out of the 14 collegiate student-athletes on the list, 11 helped propel their team to National Championships and three of those athletes earned most valuable player recognition in their respective tournaments.

Iowa Western Community College sophomore midfielder Giorgio Probo earned NJCAA Division I men’s championship most valuable player honors, Eastern Florida State College freshman forward Laura Cetina earned NJCAA Division I women’s championship offensive most valuable player in the tournament, and Pima Community College sophomore forward Francisco Manzo earned the NJCAA Division II men’s tournament’s most valuable player.

At the high school level, both St. Ignatius High School senior midfielder Luciano Pechota and Whitefish Bay High School senior forward Maggie Starker earned 2021 Player of the Year honors while leading their teams to state championships this year.

At the youth level, Players of the Year Miles Avery and Tyler Isgri have both earned national team call-ups, with Avery being part of various US Soccer youth national team camps and Isgri earning several caps as a member of the US National U-16 team.

Following are the list of the 18 players designated as 2021 Player of the Year recipients.

Category Name School/Club
NCAA Division II Men Morten Bjoershol California State University-Los Angeles
NCAA Division III Men German Giammattei Amherst College
NAIA Men Alejo Binaghi University of Mobile
NCCAA Men Tom Edge Campbellsville University
Junior College Division I Men Giorgio Probo Iowa Western Community College
Junior College Division II Men Francisco Manzo Pima Community College
Junior College Division III Men Lorenzo Boselli Dallas College-Richland
High School Boys Luciano Pechota Saint Ignatius High School
Youth/Club Boys Miles Avery Bethesda Soccer Club
Category Name School/Club
NCAA Division II Women Cecilia Steinwascher Grand Valley State University
NCAA Division III Women Riley Cook Christopher Newport University
NAIA Women Yuki Watari University of Tennessee Southern
NCCAA Women Brianna Uhl Trinity Christian College
Junior College Division I Women Laura Cetina Eastern Florida State College
Junior College Division II Women Kara Dietrich Community College of Baltimore County-Essex
Junior College Division III Women Abigail Gutierrez Dallas College-Brookhaven
High School Girls Maggie Starker Whitefish Bay High School
Youth/Club Girls Tyler Isgrig Solar Soccer Club

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