He’s not kicking the soccer ball at the moment. He’s got a part-time job landscaping and is spending all the free time he has with friends and family before he reports to Darton, a junior college in Albany, in early August.
After claiming Marietta Daily Journal Player of the Year honors, Guertin was one of 21 in the nation named all-American last week by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America. The All-American selections will be honored at the High School Awards Brunch on Aug. 3 at the 2013 NSCAA Summer Symposium.
“At first, I thought it was a big surprise,” Guertin said. “I had no idea that I had a chance to qualify. It’s definitely a big surprise and an overwhelming feeling of accomplishment.”
His senior-year numbers say otherwise. He ended his Harrison career with a record-setting 30 goals and added seven assists. His efforts on the field helped the Hoyas finish 17-4 and reclaim the Region 4AAAAAA title before falling to Collins Hill 2-1 in penalty kicks.
What’s even more impressive was that Guertin hadn’t been playing forward for long.
But when he made the varsity team as a freshman, coach Jonathan Gross noticed he had the tools to be a successful attacker. It was a matter of making the right runs and being in the right position to finish shots. He’s scored several goals from 18-yards out or more, but he known primarily for his touch shots inside the box.
Guertin caught on to his new position quickly and became Harrison’s offensive weapon his senior season.
Not only did he score multiple goals during games, he had a knack for drawing opposing defenders away from his teammates – a strategy that worked well in Harrison’s 2-1 upset win over Centennial in the state quarterfinals.
Harrison’s game-winning goal by Nathan Vickory came as a result of Guertin drawing away Centennial defenders. He scored four in Harrison’s 9-0 win over South Cobb and had a hat trick in an 8-1 win over Hillgrove.
“I was thrilled and excited for him,” Gross said on Guertin being named All-American. “He clearly earned it with the record-breaking season he had at Harrison. We’re really excited for him.
I know he will be hard to replace. It will be tough. Hopefully, we have two to three players who can step up and try to take his place.”
Guertin will report to Darton on Aug. 3 and is expected to compete for a starting position his freshman year.