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Hodan bags Gatorade Wisconsin honor

02/25/2012, 9:36am CST
By ERIC ANDERSON

Patrick Hodan added another award to his impressive resume this week.

The Milwaukee Marquette senior striker, who is headed to Notre Dame in the fall, was named the Gatorade Wisconsin boys soccer player of the year for 2011.

Hodan had 45 goals and 10 assists in helping the Hilltoppers (24-0-1) win their second consecutive WIAA Division 1 state championship last fall. Marquette finished the season ranked third in the ESPNHS Powerade Fab 50 and fourth in the National Soccer Coaches Association of America national poll.

The 5-foot-9 Hodan also was the Wisconsin Soccer Coaches Association Player of the Year, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel Player of the Year, the Greater Metro Conference Player of the Year, an NSCAA All-American and an NSCAA Scholar All-American – he has a 4.01 grade-point average.

Hodan is the ninth Marquette player to earn the award in its 27-year history – three of the past four winners have been from the school.

"Hodan might be the most dangerous player I've seen in 30 years," Middleton coach Ken Burghy said of Hodan, who set the Hilltoppers' career and season goal-scoring records. "His ability to slip through tiny spaces with incredible quickness, blow by defenders in his first two steps and do it all while keeping the ball attached to his foot is phenomenal."

GATORADE WISCONSIN BOYS PLAYERS OF THE YEAR
1986:
 D Robert Probst, Milwaukee Marquette
1987: M Kris Kelderman, Neenah
1988: M Michael Bell, Madison West
1989: M Scott Kreitmeir, Brookfield Central
1990: M James Danaher, Milwaukee Marquette
1991: D Gary Grzesk, Wauwatosa East
1992: GK Scott Coufal, Brookfield East
1993: M Matt Geske, Brookfield Central
1994: F Drew Watzka, Milwaukee Pius
1995: GK Andrew Kirk, Milwaukee Marquette
1996: GK Andrew Kirk, Milwaukee Marquette (national player of the year)
1997: D Mike Sullivan, Brookfield Central
1998: F Dominic DaPra, Racine St. Catherine's
1999: M Nick Walls, Wauwatosa East
2000: F Cliff Ellsworth, Mequon Homestead
2001: F Brett Wiesner, Brookfield East
2002: GK Eric Mickschl, Glendale Nicolet
2003: M David Peplinski, Milwaukee Marquette
2004: M-F Nick Caronna, Brookfield Central
2005: M Tyler Guse, Middleton
2006: M Billy Von Rueden, Milwaukee Marquette
2007: M Eric Meyer, Madison Memorial
2008: F-M Stuart Grable, Neenah
2009: M Robbie Boyd, Milwaukee Marquette
2010: M David Caban, Kenosha Tremper
2011: M Alex Megna, Milwaukee Marquette
2012: F Patrick Hodan, Milwaukee Marquette

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