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St. Benedict’s Ransford Gyan named Gatorade Boys Soccer Player of the Year

St. Benedict’s Prep’s Ransford Gyan was named the Gatorade New Jersey Boys Soccer Player of the Year for the second year in a row on June 16.

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Gyan, a junior, is the eighth Gatorade Boys Soccer Player of the Year to be chosen from St. Benedict’s and he is now a finalist for the Gatorade National Boys Soccer Player of the Year, which will be announced later this month.

The New Jersey Boys Soccer Player of the Year “recognizes not only outstanding athletic excellence, but also high standards of academic achievement and exemplary character demonstrated on and off the field, distinguishes Gyan as New Jersey’s best high school boys soccer player,” according to a press release.

Last season Gyan helped St. Benedict’s go 17-0 and win the Prep A Tournament title, which was the 33rd title in school history. The victory was also the 87th in a row for the Gray Bees, which are not sanctioned by the NJSIAA.

Gyan finished with 20 goals and 14 assists as St. Benedict’s was named the No. 1 school in the country in the United Soccer Coaches Super 25 poll. He also won the Golden Boot at the United States Youth Soccer Association’s 2022 Under-18 National Championships with his club team, Cedar Stars Academy.

He is a two-time First Team All-New Jersey Prep honoree, and is ranked No. 12 in the nation as a recruit in the Class of 2024 by

“Ransford is a special player who plays for an outstanding team,” said Chad Bridges, head coach of The Pennington School in a press release. “He can change the game in the blink of any eye with a play that forces you to rewatch the film to find out how he did it. Even when you think you have the game under control, Ransford can instantly change the game.”

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