After helping Cardinal Newman win the SCISA 3A title, Wyatt Millard was rewarded with the state’s top honor.
Millard was named the South Carolina Gatorade Boys Soccer Player of the Year on Monday. He is the second straight Midlands player to win the award as River Bluff’s Marcelo Malpartida won the award last year.
The senior is the third Cardinal Newman player to win it. Wyatt’s brother, Koty, won it in 2013 and went on to a stellar career at South Carolina. Wyatt signed to play at Navy and will leave in a few weeks.
"I’m really happy for Wyatt. If anyone deserved it, it was him," Cardinal Newman coach Will Eudy said. "He really respected the award and was something he wanted especially with his brother winning it. I think his performance at the end of the year carried him over the top."
The 5-foot-7, 155-pound senior midfielder scored 16 goals and had 18 assists in helping the Cardinals to the championship and national ranking in the USA Today Boys Soccer Top 25. Nine of Millard’s goals came in the postseason, including a hat trick in the 4-1 win over Hammond in the title game.
"Wyatt Millard was without a doubt the most dynamic player I had the opportunity to see this year," Heathwood Hall coach Andrew Richardson said. "His pace, vision and ability to finish and distribute made him incredibly difficult to defend."
Millard has a 4.02 GPA and also has volunteered with the Cardinal Newman Dance Marathon, which raised money for Palmetto Health Children’s Hospital in Columbia. He also has spent time as a youth soccer coach.
S.C. Gatorade Players of Year
List of Midlands players who have been named S.C. Gatorade Players of Year:
2017: Wyatt Millard, Cardinal Newman
2016: Marcelo Malpartida, River Bluff
2013: Koty Millard, Cardinal Newman
2012: Nestor Jaramillo, Cardinal Newman
2010: Emmett Lunceford, Irmo
2006: David Andrew Evans, Brookland-Cayce
2004: Corey Lugger, Dutch Fork
2001: Troy Lesesne, Brookland-Cayce
1998: Jeff Hendrix, Irmo
1994: Andy Kwon, Spring Valley
1990: Ward Harriford, Irmo
1989: Page Jordan, Irmo
1988: Ryan Kurtz, Irmo