Trevor Gawlikowski’s father told him at the beginning of the season that he could get a car if he scored six goals in a game.
Gawlikowski didn’t hit that mark all season, but when Forest Hill took on Lake Worth Christian in the final game of the regular season, he finally bagged half a dozen in a game the Falcons won 10-0. But still, Gawlikowski remains carless.
“I didn’t get the car yet,” he said. “I’ve got to get a job first.”
Gawlikowski certainly did his job on the soccer field this year, though. The senior forward scored 33 of Forest Hill’s 77 goals this season while also managing 21 assists, and his offensive prowess is the reason he is The Palm Beach Post’s Large Schools Soccer Player of the Year.
Gawlikowski started the season with his time split between the soccer pitch and the football field. In addition to being the Falcons’ forward, he was also the football team’s kicker. When football practice and soccer tryouts overlapped, Gawlikowski would get his kicking practice in on the gridiron, then hustle over to the soccer field for tryouts.
“I’m athletic. I like to play sports all the time,” he said. “I don’t like to be sitting around. If I’m sitting around, I just go out and train to get myself better.”
But while Gawlikowski may sometimes make things look easy on the field, he hasn’t had a simple road to offensive domination.
The Forest Hill dual-sport star suffered a torn left ACL in March 2016 and had surgery to repair it. Gawlikowski said he was told he would likely miss a large chunk of football season, which just made him work harder to get back in time.
“They told me I’d be out from seven months to a year, and I didn’t like that,” Gawlikowski said. “So I went to therapy three days a week and did some extra stuff at home and got back in four months. I felt very accomplished about that.”
A year and two sports seasons later, Gawlikowski said he “feels great,” and now he is looking at playing at the next level. He has not decided where he plans to attend college, but he is looking at several schools where he could play both soccer and football.
“I (could) get to play both sports on the college level,” he said. “I think that’d be pretty nice.”
Chris Altonen, Boca Raton, Jr., Defender: Although the Bobcats struggled, he played a key role on the defense.
Angel Andino, Boca Raton, Sr., Defender: Like Altonen, finished his strong Bobcats career with a solid season on defense.
Azana Clarke, Royal Palm Beach, Sr., Forward: Scored 16 goals as a forward for the Wildcats while still managing 13 assists.
Paul Ligenchy, Palm Beach Lakes, Jr., Midfielder: Came into his own this year as the Rams’ primary offensive threat. He scored 14 goals and had 18 assists.
Joe Loonam, West Boca Raton, Sr., Defender: An All-Area honorable mention last year, he starred on the back line for one of the top teams in the county.
Austin Lukasik, Dwyer, Sr., Defender: While anchoring the Panthers back line, he scored four goals and notched five assists.
Luis Molina, John I. Leonard, Jr., Forward: One of the quickest players in Palm Beach County, he scored 22 goals and had 14 assists for the district-winning Lancers.
Sam Pereira, Spanish River, Sr., Forward: The senior helped carry the Sharks offense, racking up 11 goals and 13 assists.
George Perez-Cruz, Jupiter, Sr., Forward: A first-team All-Area pick for the second year in a row, he finished the season with 18 goals and 14 assists.
John Pompilus, Royal Palm Beach, Sr., Forward: Was the Wildcats’ top offensive threat, scoring 22 times..
Roland Tyson, Royal Palm Beach, Jr., Goalkeeper: Notched eight shutouts for one of the top teams in the county.
Juan Aguirre, Wellington, Jr., Midfielder
Ritchy Cajuste, Atlantic, Jr., Defender
Bruno Chirico, West Boca Raton, Jr., Goalkeeper
Tomas Gonzales, John I. Leonard, Jr., Defender
Eric Ramirez, Royal Palm Beach, Sr., Defender
Suddar Remeiti, Park Vista, Sr., Midfielder
Brendan Rogers, Jupiter, Jr., Defender
Wilmer Romero, Palm Beach Lakes, Jr., Forward
Cesar Silva, West Boca Raton, Sr., Midfielder
Brandon Spalding, Jupiter, Sr., Forward
Matthew Valentine, Forest Hill, Fr., Defender
Atlantic: John Nalus; Boca Raton: Ryan DeBiase, Nick Marzocini, Luis Roque, Pawel Welpa; Dwyer: Noah Graziano, Ryan Rothschild; John I. Leonard: Ariel Diaz, Raul Valladares; Jupiter: T.J. Gero, Harrison Quan; Palm Beach Central: Matthew Lyras; Palm Beach Lakes: Gerardo Perez, Carlos Velasquez; Park Vista: Charles Smith; Royal Palm Beach: Emanuel Arroyave, Matthew Jachim, Roshane Peters, Diego Perez; Spanish River: Oscar Baez, Filip Guhr, Logan Klipfel; Suncoast: Alec Sunshine; Wellington: Kharry Lariveau, Dustin Nicholson, Dakota Miller, Michael Suarez; West Boca Raton: Ethan Gelb, Franck Princhiner.
Coach of the Year
Tim Gally, John I. Leonard: Gally led the Lancers to a 14-8 record and the program’s first district championship in 14 years.