Adam Mosharrafa, senior (photo courtesy of Brophy College Preparatory)
Adam Mosharrafa, senior (photo courtesy of Brophy College Preparatory)

The Gatorade Company, in partnership with USA Today High School Sports, named Adam Mosharrafa, a senior at Brophy College Preparatory, as its Arizona Boys Soccer Player of the Year. He is the sixth Bronco to hold this honor in the last 19 years, but the first forward/defender to do so.

Mosharrafa didn’t expect to play both positions, but ended up excelling at them. He led the Broncos to a 21-2 record and the Division I state championship this past season. Mosharrafa scored 15 goals and passed for five assists, switching from offense to defense late in the regular season.

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“We had had a couple of kids make mental mistakes because of Adam’s positioning, defending and knowledge of the game,” said Kenny Hack, head coach of Notre Dame Prep. The Saints lost to the Broncos early on in the season. “He could play on both sides of the ball, offensively and defensively, and even when trying to deny him the spot, his body would allow him to go where he needed to in order to make the correct play.”

Mosharrafa signed a National Letter of Intent to play soccer on an athletic scholarship at Stanford University this fall. The Bronco scored well in the classroom too maintaining a weighted 4.33 grade point average. a National Latin Exam Silver Medalist and a National Merit Commended Scholar.

He also founded Brophy’s Middle Eastern Club, which meets monthly to discuss different cultures, organizes food and clothing drives for the Society of St. Vincent de Paul and has volunteered locally as a youth tutor.

Past Brophy recipients include:

  • forwards Riggs Lennon (2010-11), Nick Ayers (2008-09) and Temi Molinar (2007-08)
  • midfielder Ryan Keeton (1995-96)
  • striker Milo Iniquez (1989-90)

Seven players from Salpointe Catholic High School in Tucson also earned Gatorade’s Arizona Boys Soccer Players of the Year distinctions since its inception. The program is in its 29th year.