Goose Creek Memorial’s Brian Diaz was awarded the Southeast Texas Coaches Association Player of the Year for boys soccer at halftime of the SETCA All-Star football game in Beaumont on Saturday. 

Diaz was a four-year starter for GCM and this spring he scored 11 goals, including one in the Class 5A playoffs, was a 1st Team All 22-5A District selection and Academic All-District choice.

He was also a Texas Association of Soccer Coaches Academic All State and 2nd Team All Region player.

Diaz also scored the winning goals in the Southeast Texas Coaches Association All Star Game.

“I am very blessed to receive the Player of the Year award,” Diaz said. “I am thankful for everyone in my life who made this possible. My friends and family have supported and helped me through every obstacle I have faced. It is because of them I have earned this award.”

Diaz has enjoyed the sport since he was young.

“I’ve played club soccer for as long as I can remember,” Diaz said. “I love the feeling of relief I get when I touch a soccer ball. There’s nothing more than matters to me in the moment.”

Diaz will attend the University of Houston and major in Supply Chain Management while playing club soccer in the Houston area.

“I have many goals I want to achieve these next following years and participating in a higher level of soccer is right on top,” Diaz said.

As he moves on from the Patriots program, he will remember it well.

“My time at GCM was exemplary,” Diaz said. “The friendships I made with my teammates are unforgettable, my senior year was the most memorable out of them all. We overcame many challenges and went deep into the playoffs.”

GCM head coach William Freeman said that he could rely on Diaz to do just about everything.

“Brian primarily played outside midfield, but throughout the season, he played every position but goalkeeper,” Freeman said. “Brian was a versatile player I could put anywhere.  If we were being exposed in certain parts of the field, I could put Brian out there to control the situation.  

“Brian has been something special for the program.  He started in games his freshman year on varsity and continued to grow each year as a player.  The strides he made from his freshman year to finish out his career are hard to imagine.”  

Freeman recollected Diaz stepping up his freshman year to get more physical against Richmond Foster that was bodying up on the Patriots.

“Sure enough, a skinny, lightweight freshman shoulder tackled a player much bigger than him, knocking him off the ball and Brian was not called for a foul,” Freeman said. “The look on the Foster player’s face was priceless.  Since then, he physically and mentally grew.  The dedication to the classroom and soccer program Brian and his teammates have given are a direct reflection of the success of the soccer program the last four years.” 

Diaz leaves GCM with that as his legacy.

“I would also like to thank my teammates and coaches who have been there every step of the way,” Diaz said.

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