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Lewis and Clark’s Thomas Vlasak wins Gatorade Washington boys soccer player of the year

UPDATED: Fri., June 11, 2021

Lewis and Clark senior Thomas Vlasak was named Gatorade Washington boys soccer player of the year on Friday, June 11, 2021.   (Courtesy)
Lewis and Clark senior Thomas Vlasak was named Gatorade Washington boys soccer player of the year on Friday, June 11, 2021.  (Courtesy)

Thomas Vlasak of Lewis and Clark was named 2020-21 Gatorade Washington boys soccer player of the year.

Vlasak is the first Gatorade POY to be chosen from Lewis and Clark and it’s the first time in the 36-year history of the award that a boys soccer player from the Greater Spokane League has been honored. Vlasak was previously named 2021 GSL Defensive Most Valuable Player and first-team All-GSL.

“It was good surprise,” Vlasak said. “I was really excited and I’ve been looking forward to hearing about it for a while.”

The 5-foot-10, 140-pound senior defender joins the likes of Seattle Sounders players Jordan Morris (2012) and Aaron Kovar (2011) winning the prestigious award.

Vlasak led the Tigers to an 11-0 record this season and anchored a defense that allowed just five goals and posted six shutouts. He also recorded a goal and an assist. He helped spark the Tigers to two GSL titles and a 35-9-4 record during his prep soccer career.

“Our job as a center back is literally to do all the dirty work,” Vlasak said. “Just win tackles, get it up to the front. It’s amazing that I got nominated and got as far as I did considering the position I play.”

Vlasak has volunteered locally with the Spokane Riverkeepers, an advocacy organization for the Spokane River watershed, and as a youth soccer coach.

Vlasak has maintained a weighted 4.23 grade-point average and will attend Montana State this fall.

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