Valley’s Jordy Triana named Gatorade Iowa Boys’ Soccer Player of the Year
Valley High School student-athlete Jordy Triana has been named the Gatorade Iowa Boys’ Soccer Player of the Year. He is the seventh Valley athlete to receive the honor in boys’ soccer.
The accolade distinguishes Triana as the state’s best prep boys’ soccer player, recognizing athletic and academic excellence as well as high character on and off the field. Head coach Aziz Harraf called Triana “a very committed player.”
“Jordy is very quiet, but he possess a very unique ability,” Haffar said. “His actions speaker louder than his words.”
Triana, a senior midfielder who recently graduated from Valley, ranked first on the team this season with 10 assists and second in goals scored at 14. He was recently named by the Des Moines Register as an All-Iowa Elite team pick. During his high school career, Triana was a four-time, first team all-conference selection.
Valley finished the year 18-2, falling to eventual Class 3A state champ Waukee in the quarterfinals of the Iowa high school state boys’ soccer tournament.
Haffar said Triana’s work ethic and concentration are “without question fantastic.” He added that Triana is currently trying out to play professionally in Ecuador.
“Jordy is an example to his teammates by how he sets his standards to the highest level of soccer in our program,” Haffar said. “He really demands quality performances from his teammates, while at the same time he displays a lot of patience and understanding. To me personally, I’m very honored and proud to have been his coach.
“He will succeed in life because he’s very intelligent and knows what it takes to achieve his goals.”
Triana, now a finalist for the Gatorade National Boys’ Soccer Player of the Year award, will be able to select a national or local youth sports organization to receive a $1,000 grant as part of Gatorade’s “Play It Forward” program. He will also have the shot to enter for an additional $10,000 spotlight grant by writing a brief essay explaining why his selected organization deserves additional support.
Additionally, both Triana and Valley will receive a commemorative trophy. The athletics department will also get a celebratory banner as well as a sideline kit with items for the boys’ soccer team to use, Gatorade says.
Congratulations, Jordy Triana, Coach Haffar and the Valley boys’ soccer program!
Over the Years: Valley Boys’ Soccer Gatorade POY Winners
- 1996-97: Nick Olivencia
- 1997-98: Greg Weiler
- 2001-02: Ben Brackett
- 2003-04: Nick Retazlaff
- 2005-06: Mark Halma
- 2011-12: Eric Williams
- 2017-18: Jordy Triana