Whether the Coosa Eagles needed a spark on offense or defense, Brayan Cornejo was their guy.
A powerful striker, but also a nimble sweeper, Cornejo did it all for the Eagles throughout their regular season and into the second round of the AA state soccer playoffs.
He scored a school record 43 goals, totaling 132 for his career. He had 20 assists and was involved in over two-thirds of Coosa’s goals despite suffering from nagging injuries throughout the season.
For those accomplishments, Cornejo is the Rome News-Tribune Offensive Player of the Year.
“Brayan is one of the most versatile and athletic players I have ever coached,” said Coosa head coach Randy Vice.
“Any time a player switches from defense to offense in a season and breaks the school record, you have to believe he is something special.”
Cornejo was the backbone for Coosa’s offensive attack, consistently making runs at the opposition’s back line and finding teammates in open space.
The striker used his frame to create space as he pushed the ball easily from outside in.
When he found himself near the penalty box, Cornejo was dangerous, as he possessed the ball, threatening to shoot from nearly any spot within 20 yards.
The Eagles’ most consistent player, Cornejo shifted to the midfield against top-tier offensive attacks, settling to defend and occasionally pushing up when he could as an attacker.
The senior was selected as a DiVarsity All-Star after his stellar season.