‘Iolani’s senior midfielder Alex Liu was named the Hawaii Gatorade boys soccer player of the year by the Gatorade Company recently.
The award recognizes outstanding athletic excellence, high standards of academic achievement and exemplary character on and off the field.
The 5-foot-5, 135-pound Liu scored 15 goals and added 17 assists, leading the Raiders (14-4-3) to the Division I state quarterfinals. The 2018 Interscholastic League of Honolulu offensive player of the year, Liu is a two-time first-team Honolulu Star-Advertiser All-State selection.
He finished his high school soccer career with 29 goals and 39 assists.
Liu has volunteered locally as the publicity event planner of the ‘Iolani Fair and as a Spanish tutor and youth soccer coach.
“Alex is not the biggest player on the field, but he utilizes his quickness, technical ability and vision to impact the game,” Raiders coach Chris Lee said. “He has been the motor that runs the engine. His tireless work rate and individual ability causes problems for opposing defenses.”
Liu maintained a weighted 3.72 grade-point average and will play for Loyola Marymount in the fall.
Hawaii Gatorade boys soccer players of the year since 2007:
>> 2018: Alex Liu, ‘Iolani
>> 2017: Duncan McKenna, Punahou
>> 2016: Tyler Ohata, Punahou
>> 2015: Naia Graham, Kailua
>> 2014: KJ Ahlo, ‘Iolani
>> 2013: Leo Klink, Kalani
>> 2012: Leo Klink, Kalani
>> 2011: Scott Granger, Punahou
>> 2010: Cody Sullivan, Mid-Pacific
>> 2009: Nick Goo, ‘Iolani
>> 2008: Zane Dydasco, Kamehameha
>> 2007: Kekoa Osorio, Kamehameha