Broomfield’s Porter Milner named Gatorade Colorado Player of the Year

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From left: Broomfield’s Daulton Logan, Porter Milner and Luke Cangilla celebrate after knocking off Heritage 3-1 in a 2015 Class 5A semifinal game at Sports Authority Stadium in Parker.

BROOMFIELD — Senior midfielder Porter Milner has been a driving force that has led Broomfield to back-to-back 5A state championships in 2014 and 2015.

The Eagles star has been raking in the accolades ever since.

Milner is a two-time state champion, an NSCAA All-American and the 2015 Player of the Year. On Thursday, he was named Gatorade Colorado Boys Soccer Player of the Year, which also makes him a finalist for Gatorade’s national award.

“It’s awesome,” Milner said. “I was kind of runner-up for this last year and to go back to back with two state championships and win all these awards, it’s really humbling. I had set some really high expectations this season and it’s great that I get to put all these things by my name.”

His senior season, Milner scored 12 goals and had 16 assists.

As steady and versatile as he’s been in four years playing for the Eagles, Milner has also had plenty of big moments. In the 2014 championship game, he scored the penalty kick in the 45th minute that eventually doomed rival Boulder. In the 2015 title game, he assisted the game-tying goal in the 52nd minute that spurred the Eagles to a comeback victory against Mountain Vista.

“Porter Milner is so much more than a stat guy,” Fossil Ridge head coach Shannon Clarke said in a press release from Gatorade. “His ability to consistently do the dirty work from box to box and his leadership on that squad — we had no solution for him.”

Gatorade began its player of the year program in 2006. Milner, who will play at Regis University next season, is the fourth player in the area to be named Gatorade player of the year in the last seven years.

Boulder’s Quinn Liebmann won the award in 2014-15. Fairview’s Shane O’Neill, who went on to play for the Colorado Rapids, won the award in 2011-12. Also of the Broomfield Eagles, Cole Chapleski won in 2009-10.

“We’re certainly thrilled as a program,” Broomfield head coach Jim Davidson said. “It’s another feather in Porter’s cap and it’s the second time a Broomfield player has won this award. It’s been interesting to see this shift in the density of the good teams historically being in the south area and now migrating up to the north area. It’s exciting to see.”

The Eagles went 18-2 in Milner’s senior season.

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