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WAKE FOREST — Heritage boys soccer player Landon Sloan was awarded the Gatorade N.C. Boys Soccer Player of the Year Monday.
The 5-foot-11 midfielder and defender said he was honored to win the award.
“It means everything to win this award,” Sloan said. “I’ve always wanted to play high school soccer. Winning this award is really special. I won it with Heritage, but I would trade it in a heartbeat to play with these guys again. I wouldn’t have won this award with my teammates.”
Sloan scored 11 goals and dished out 12 assists this past season, leading the Huskies to a 16-6-3 overall record and 8-2 NAC 6 conference record, which was second behind 4A state champion Wake Forest.
Sloan only played one season in high school for Heritage. The other seasons, he played for NCFC in the U.S. Soccer Development Academy. He is ranked as the nation’s No. 94 prospect in the 2020 class by TopDrawerSoccer.com.
Sloan was coached by his father, Scott Sloan, his senior year at Heritage. He said it was an experience he will never forget.
“When he’s coaching, he’s not my dad, but my coach,” Sloan said. “He’s one of the best coaches I’ve ever had. I’ve been coached by guys from all over the world, but he’s the best. He’s a great motivator and can make everyone around him better. He’s an inspiration.”
Sloan started playing soccer when he was four years old growing up in north Raleigh. He attended Heritage Elementary, Middle and High School.
While in high school, Sloan participated in Physical Education Pupil Instruction, which allowed him to teach physical education to high school special needs students. He volunteered for Millbrook High School as a peer tutor and youth soccer coach.
“Landon was versatile and reliable in difficult situations,” former Millbrook head soccer coach Matt Edwards said. “He made all of his teammates better, and he could affect games in multiple ways, not just through scoring.”
Sloan maintained a weighted 4.36 G.P.A. in the classroom. He graduated early and signed to play for Creighton University. He has already played with the team for a couple of months. Right now, he is studying business.
Gatorade has honored the nation’s top high school athletes for 35 years. The last local player to win the Gatorade N.C. Boys Soccer Player of the Year was Nick Hughes from Franklin Academy in 2015.