CHICAGO — In its 33rd year of honoring the nation’s best high school athletes, The Gatorade Company, announced incoming Maryland freshman Justin Gielen (DeMatha Catholic High School) as its 2017-18 Gatorade Maryland Boys Soccer Player of the Year. Gielen is the third Gatorade Maryland Boys Soccer Player of the Year to be chosen from DeMatha.
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 Gielen as Maryland’s best high school boys soccer
player. The 6-foot, 180-pound senior forward scored 23 goals and passed for two assists this past season, leading the Stags (10-8-3) to the Washington Catholic Athletic Conference Tournament championship game.
The 2017 Washington Post All-Met Player of the Year, Gielen was the leading scorer for his club team, Baltimore Celtic, en route to the squad’s 2017 Under-17 U.S. Youth Soccer national championship. He concluded his prep soccer career with 52 goals and 22 assists. A cousin of U.S. Women’s Soccer National Team midfielder Allie Long, Gielen has volunteered locally with the Special
Olympics in addition to donating his time as a youth soccer and basketball coach. national letter of intent to play soccer on
scholarship at the University of Maryland beginning this fall.
Gielen joins recent Gatorade Maryland Boys Soccer Players of the Year associated with the Terps including fellow incoming freshman Nick Richardson (2016-17, Archbishop Curley High School), senior Connor Smith (2014-15, McDonogh School), alum George Campbell (2013-14 & 2012-13, McDonogh School) and alum Cody Albrecht (2010–11, DeMatha Catholic High School). Maryland has had at least one Gatorade State Player of the Year on its roster for the last 24 years.