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2009 US Youth Soccer Goal and Save of the Year announced

February 25, 2010 09:00 PM
Texas' Annalyn Kumar and Virginia's Paul Hegedus honored at Awards Gala
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FORT WORTH, Texas (Feb. 26, 2010) - The recipients of the 2009 US Youth Soccer Goal and Save of the Year were announced tonight at the US Youth Soccer Awards Gala, held in conjunction with the 2010 US Youth Soccer adidas Workshop at the Fort Worth Convention Center in Fort Worth, Texas. The 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.

Hilary Kennedy, host of The US Youth Soccer Show on Fox Soccer Channel, set the stage for the night as the master of ceremonies for the more than 1,000 in attendance. Boys and Girls Recreation and Competitive Coaches of the Year, Administrator of the Year, Volunteer of the Year, Male and Female Young Referees of the Year, TOPSoccer Buddy of the Year and the Dr. Thomas Fleck Award were also presented during the Gala and the US Youth Soccer Hall of Fame inductees were honored as well.

Annalyn Kumar, of Dallas, 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. She scored the game winning goal in the final minutes of play by speeding past defenders to meet a pass that she chipped in over the keeper's head. Winning the Goal of the Year award adds to Kumar's personal confidence and inspires her to keep working hard toward all of her soccer goals. She is appreciative of the positive influence her coaches, teammates and parents have on her soccer career.

Paul Hegedus, of Ashburn, Va., started focusing on goalkeeping when he was 12, crediting his father as a major influencer toward his passion and success in soccer. He made the 2009 Save of the Year in the Bethesda Thanksgiving Tournament. His team was winning 1-0 when the other team beat his defenders; Hegedus then sprinted out and took the ball off the striker's foot just in time. Hegedus likes making critical saves to help set the tempo of the game for his team, Great Falls Soccer Club Blue 92. He plans to continue developing his skills with the hopes of playing at the collegiate level.

2009 top 10 nominees for Goal of the Year:
Austin Hanzlik
Under-16 Boys
GFA 92 Blue (VA)
Warrenton, Va.
Deena Desilva
Under-12 Girls
MSC Coyotes Green (MD)
Gaitersburg, Md.
Tim Mulgrew
Under-16 Boys
GFA 92 Blue (VA)
Sterling, Va.
Jacob Risser
Under-8 Boys
Carmel United (IN)
Indianapolis, Ind.
Brandon Perez
Under-16 Boys
Dallas Texans 93 Red (N-TX)
Dallas, Texas
Annalyn Kumar*
Under-13 Girls
Sting (N-TX)
Dallas, Texas
Oliver Bihuniak
Under-12 Boys
KCFC Dragons (KS)
Leawood, Kan.
Ryan Copley
Under-17 Boys
Arlington Premier 92 (VA)
Woodbridge, Va.
Jon-Paul Perez
Under-17 Boys
Dallas Texans-Houston (S-TX)
Houston, Texas
Elia Louis
Under-16 Boys
Synergy United (VT)
Essex Junction, Vt.

2009 top 10 nominees for Save of the Year:
Paul Hegedus*
Under-16 Boys
GFA 92 Blue (VA)
Ashburn, Va.
Margaret Simpkins
Under-19 Girls
Freestate Shooters (MD)
Bowie, Md.
Natalie Smith
Under-15 Girls
CSA Elite (OH-N)
Cincinnati, Ohio
Jaron Bradley
Under-15 Boys
SCSA 93 Gold (NC)
Charlotte, N.C.
Ari Zargarian
Under-15 Girls
San Diego Surf (CA-S)
San Diego, Calif.
Adrian Garcia
Under-17 Boys
CZ Elite (CA-S)
La Canada, Calif.
Abby Smith
Under-15 Girls
Dallas Texans (N-TX)
Dallas, Texas
Britt Eckerstrom
Under-16 Girls
FC Frederick (MD)
Boyds, Md.
James Gladden
Under-18 Boys
DSC90 Green (SC)
Rock Hill, S.C.
Taylor Hafling
Under-17 Boys
Javanon 92 (KY)
Louisville, Ky.
*denote national US Youth Soccer Goal or Save of the Year Award winner.

Winners were chosen based on the greatest percentage of online votes.

For more information about the US Youth Soccer Awards Gala and award winners, go to


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