[AWARDS] The 2009 US Youth Soccer Goal of the Year was awarded to Annalyn Kumar of Dallas, and the Save of the Year was awarded to Paul Hegedus of Ashburn, Va.
Goals & Saves of the Year VIDEO
Kumar was a guest player for Sting Royal 94, a team two to three years older than she is, when she netted the 2009 Goal of the Year, speeding past defenders to meet a pass that she chipped in over the keeper’s head.
Hegedus, who started focusing on goalkeeping when he was 12, made the 2009 Save of the Year in the Bethesda Thanksgiving Tournament. He sprinted out and took the ball off the striker’s foot just in time to preserve the Great Falls Soccer Club Blue 92's advantage.
Goals of the Year, Top 10 nominees
Austin Hanzlik, Under-16 Boys, GFA 92 Blue (VA)
Deena Desilva, Under-12 Girls, MSC Coyotes Green (MD)
Tim Mulgrew, Under-16 Boys, GFA 92 Blue (VA)
Jacob Risser, Under-8 Boys, Carmel United (IN)
Brandon Perez, Under-16 Boys, Dallas Texans 93 Red
Annalyn Kumar, Under-13 Girls, Sting (N-TX)
Oliver Bihuniak, Under-12 Boys, KCFC Dragons (KS)
Ryan Copley, Under-17 Boys, Arlington Premier 92 (VA)
Jon-Paul Perez, Under-17 Boys, Dallas Texans-Houston (S-TX)
Elia Louis, Under-16 Boys, Synergy United (VT)
Essex Junction, Vt.
Saves of the Year, Top 10 nominees
Paul Hegedus, Under-16 Boys, GFA 92 Blue (VA)
Margaret Simpkins, Under-19 Girls, Freestate Shooters (MD)
Natalie Smith, Under-15 Girls, CSA Elite (OH-N)
Jaron Bradley, Under-15 Boys, SCSA 93 Gold (NC)
Ari Zargarian, San Diego Surf (CA-S), San Diego, Calif.
Adrian Garcia, CZ Elite (CA-S), La Canada, Calif.
Abby Smith, Dallas Texans (N-TX), Dallas, Texas
Britt Eckerstrom, Under-16 Girls, FC Frederick (MD)
James Gladden, Under-18 Boys, DSC90 Green (SC)
Taylor Hafling, Under-17 Boys, Javanon 92 (KY)