August 21, 2014

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Harper named NKY Offensive Player of the Year

Senior Aven Harper secured his place in Pendleton County Wildcats soccer history with an incredible 2012 season. He also was named the Northern Kentucky Offensive Player of the Year.

By Sam McClanahan, Reporter

Although his Wildcat soccer playing days are now over, Aven Harper's place in the program's history will live on in the record books forever.

He was named the Northern Kentucky Offensive Player of the Year on October 19, becoming the first player in school history to receive the honor. The award culminated a senior season in which Harper totaled 44 goals ( third best in the state ) and 20 assists, both Pendleton County single-season records. He also ends his career as the most prolific scorer in school history with 83 goals, and as the program's all-time leader in assists with 53.

"Aven is the most-skilled soccer player I have ever coached," said Wildcats head coach Lisa Feltner. "He played each game with heart and determination. His foot skills, ball control, speed, decision making, the ability to recognize and seize the opportunity to make goal scoring opportunities make him one of the best players in the state."

Pendleton County athletic director, Keith Smith, witnessed many of the fine performances turned in by Harper throughout the course of the season.

"Aven is one of those once in a lifetime players. There are good players that go through a school, there are great players that go through a school and then there are once in a lifetime players that are a blessing for the school, program and team. In my first year as AD, it was a joy to watch him play and appreciate the artistery that he brought to the game," said Smith.

Harper's dedication and strong work ethic on the field is also duplicated in the classroom. He carries a 4.0 GPA and ranks first among his graduating class of 178. He plans to pursue college in Europe following graduation.