High school soccer: Former Dalton midfielder named state player of the year

Matt Hamilton/Daily Citizen-News

Former Dalton High School player Omar Hernandez has been named the Georgia boys soccer Gatorade Player of the Year for the second year in a row.

For the second year in a row, Dalton High School's Omar Hernandez has been named the Georgia boys soccer Gatorade Player of the Year.

The announcement released on Thursday distinguishes Hernandez as Georgia's best high school boys soccer player, and qualifies him as a finalist for the Gatorade National Player of the Year, which will be announced later this month.

According to a press release from Gatorade, the Gatorade Player of the Year award honors top high school student-athletes in 12 varsity sports for their athletic excellence, academic achievement and exemplary character. Hernandez joins a list of two-time Gatorade State Players of the Year that includes names like former United States men's national team member Taylor Twellman.

In his junior season, Hernandez finished with 28 goals and 20 assists while leading the Catamounts to the second round of the Class 6A state tournament. As a senior, Hernandez tallied 16 goals and 17 assists and helped lead Dalton to its first state title since 2015 with an undefeated record of 23-0.

Hernandez, who is set to enroll at Wake Forest University this summer on a soccer scholarship, is also a nominee for the USA Today ALL-USA Boys Soccer Player of the Year award that will be announced early next week.

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