Published: Nov 23, 2011 03:51 AM
Modified: Nov 21, 2011 06:44 PM
Fuquay-Varina coach James Mountford knew Adrian Gonzales was going to make an impact for his team. He didn't anticipate this kind of success, however.
In one season - his only year of North Carolina high school soccer - Gonzales broke a school and county record for most goals. He finished in the top 10 all-time in N.C. High School Athletic Association history and was among the nation's top four for the 2011 fall season.
An unknown at the beginning of the year, Gonzales was having opposing coaches plan specifically for him. With 56 goals and 11 assists in 27 games, he became the most dangerous player in the Triangle.
"He's just so unpredictable," Mountford said. "He'll dribble, go to goal and try to beat three or four players. Or if you don't close him down, he'll (score from outside the box). ... He can do so many things."
But he's still an unknown to most college coaches.
Gonzales is one of the few standout players in the area who doesn't play on a club team, where most college coaches do their scouting.
What those coaches have missed is a true forward whose lanky 6-foot-2 frame makes him a tall target in the box.
Gonzales showed his skill in a third-round game against Apex, moving to the right of the ball before lifting a shot at the goal using the outside of his right foot. The ball headed toward the far post before sharply breaking back toward the near post and into the net.
As word about his play has spread, recruiting interest may finally be picking up for Gonzales.
"I'm thinking about UNC-Wilmington - they called me - and Mount Olive," Gonzales said. "I've been recommended to Cape Fear (Community College), Campbell and schools like that."