Ade Taiwos value isnt measured by the 11 goals and 11 assists he scored for Cardinal Gibbons High.
Those numbers arent what earned him the N.C. Soccer Coaches Association player of the year honors.
His stats are not his full potential and all the coaches knew that, Gibbons coach Tim Healy said. He is such a force that he is easily doubled- and tripled-teamed and would distribute the ball to open players.
He was always the marked man and surrounded all the time by the other teams best defender. He really shines in the big games. He scored or got an assist in every playoff game this year and last year.
Taiwo said he was not sure if he was going to play high school soccer this year, but he is glad that he did.
The atmosphere at high school games is tremendous, Taiwo said. You go to school the next day and everyone is talking about the game and congratulating you. Its always great.
2012 All-Metro boys soccer
Sam Bissett, Green Hope, GK, Jr.: Selected as MVP in NCHSAA 4A championship game
Ben Fisher, Chapel Hill, MF, So.: Set up 21 goals and scored 15
Connor Francis, Sanderson, F, Sr.: Led area 4A scorers with 29 goals, 11 assists
Matthew Gerrish, East Chapel Hill, D, Sr.: Charlotte 49ers recruit sparked defenders on 17-2-2 club
Ben Grossfuss, Lee, F, Sr.: Tri-Nine 4A Conference player of the year with 23 goals, eight assists
Tyler Hawley, Green Hope, D, Sr.: Helped lead Falcons to NCHSAA 4A title
Kye Rhode, Cardinal Gibbons, MF, Sr.: Dished out 18 assists and scored 12 goals
Ryan Turner, Sanderson, MF, Jr.: Led Spartans with 15 assists and 17 goals
Thar Thwai, Carrboro, MF, Sr. Propelled Jaguars to NCHSAA 2A championship game
Ade Taiwo, Cardinal Gibbons, F, Jr.: N.C. Soccer Coaches player of the year, 11 goals, 11 assists
Brock Waynik, Corinth Holders, MF, Sr.: Fired in 29 goals and had five assists for 19-4 club
Freddie Woodward, Sanderson, D, Sr.: Top defender on 23-2-2 club