Forest Hill’s Trevor Gawlikowski Post’s big-school soccer player of year


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.”



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