MANKATO — Mankato West senior Cameron Corcoran has been named the winner of this year's Lon and Regina Smith Award by the Mankato United Soccer Club.
The award is bestowed every year to a senior boy who has best represented the soccer community during the course of his career. To be eligible for the award, he must have a high grade-point average, no high school league infractions, have shown good sportsmanship, have shown a commitment to Mankato soccer, and have demonstrated leadership on the field.
Corcoran has been involved in high school soccer for six seasons. The defenseman began playing organized soccer at 8 years old with the MUSC. He is also involved as a referee.
Corcoran also participates in Knowledge Bowl, Concert Band, Jazz Band, Leadership Training and Book Club. He has received the Spotlight on Scholarship, the Shining Scarlet Award and participates in Project Lead the Way.
Corcoran has volunteered at Crossview Covenant Church Soccer Camp, Loyola Soccer Frenzy, Book Fair, Rake the Town, Kids Against Hunger and Adopt a Highway.
The MUSC has also announced its selections for the 2013 all-city boys soccer team. The following is a thumbnail sketch of each honoree (in alphabetical order):
Ricky Cano-Hernandez: A junior at Mankato East, Cano-Hernandez has played both forward and midfielder during his five years in the program. He has won the Lad Award and was an honorable mention All-Big Nine pick in 2012. Among his most memorable accomplishments on the field was scoring a goal against Mankato West.
Amin Daess: A right wing for East, Daess has been involved in soccer at the high school level for three years. This is his first time named to the all-city team. He is a junior.
Paul Esslinger: A six-year player at West, Esslinger is a senior midfielders. The four-year letterwinner has won the Gold academic award and is a two-time all-city selection. He says the highlight of his career was getting to know his teammates.