In its 28th year of honoring the nation’s best high school athletes, The Gatorade Company, in collaboration with USA TODAY High School Sports, today announced Cristian Roldan of El Rancho High School as its 2012-13 Gatorade California Boys Soccer Player of the Year. Roldan is the first Gatorade California Soccer Player of the Year to be chosen from El Rancho High School.
The award, which recognizes not only outstanding athletic excellence, but also high standards of academic achievement and exemplary character demonstrated on and off the field, distinguishes Roldan as California’s best high school boys soccer player. Now a finalist for the prestigious Gatorade National Boys Soccer Player of the Year award to be announced in May, Roldan joins an elite alumni association of past state award-winners in 12 sports.
Roldan led the Dons to a 29-2-1 record and the CIF-Southern Section Division III crown this past season. Roldan scored 54 goals and passed for 31 assists as El Rancho also captured the Division I title at the CIF Southern California Regional Soccer Championships. He was named the Southern Section Division III Most Valuable Player. Roldan concluded his prep career with 94 goals and 71 assists despite missing all but two games of his freshman year with an arm injury. He also earned Southern Division IV MVP honors as a sophomore in 2011 when he led El Rancho to the first of two sectional titles in a three-year span. The Dons are 78-6-3 since 2010.
Also three-year varsity volleyball starter, Roldan has maintained a 3.39 GPA in the classroom. He has volunteered locally as an American Youth Soccer Organization coach and as part of El Rancho’s Blue Pride service project for which students coordinate and execute annual refurbishment and beautification initiatives on campus. A member of the California Scholarship Federation for maintaining a B+ average and serving as a peer mentor, Roldan is a four-year participant in the Dons College Bound Athletes committee, which serves as a guidance and support group for aspiring college athletes in addition to assisting with school athletic department activities.
Roldan has signed a National Letter of Intent to play soccer on an athletic scholarship at the University of Washington this fall.