For his career, Gonzales set the mark for most games started by a Harrison player, suiting up in the starting 11 for 98 matches.
Gonzales, a four-year starter for the Hudson County power, led in the midfield and played a key role in a potent Harrison offense. Gonzales netted 10 goals and dished out 23 assists in 2014, helping a Harrison team that scored 151 times.
And in those 151 goals came 37 from fellow senior Ali Lakhrif, who scored 37 goals to set a new single-season Harrison record, breaking the last mark set in 1973.
TEAM OF THE YEAR: For a group of Harrison seniors that had experienced plenty of state tournament heart break, 2014 was the season all of their hard work paid off.
Harrison returned to Group 1 glory, capturing its first state title since 2008, and it did so in simply dominating fashion. In six state tournament games, Harrison outscored its opponents 31-1 and never left any doubt about the top Group 1 team.
In the Group 1 final, Harrison completely controlled possession and rode another dominant performance to a 4-0 victory.
Overall, Harrison finished the season 24-3, with two losses coming to Kearny, and a third to Group 3 finalist, Princeton. The leadership of four-year starter Leandro Gonzales, plus a record-setting 37-goal season from Ali Lakhrif, in addition to plenty of other play makers, Harrison was able to bring another state title back home.
COACH OF THE YEAR: Tyler Van Dyk saw his Hawthorne Christian squad make program history in 2014, winning its first sectional title with a 4-3 win over Morristown-Beard in the North Jersey, Non-Public B final, and reaching its first state final.
Explosive scorer Rene White and company finished with an 18-4-3 mark in 2014, enjoying plenty of success while netting 100 total goals.