Coelho receives All-State recognition


Mark Elliot Graham

Junior Andrew Coelho controls the ball as defenders approach

OWEN HARDY, Staff Writer, Editor

Soccer team captain Andrew Coelho has always been a standout player. He finished the 2020 season with 13 goals and 5 assists in just 10 games. After being named a NEC All-Conference player last year, he continued that success this year. Along with being voted Gloucester’s MVP, he also received a 2020 EMass Soccer Coaches Association All State Selection. 

Coelho plays as an attacking midfielder or a left winger, with his speed and elusiveness making him difficult for defenders to contain. He is also an excellent playmaker, and sets his teammates up with key goal-scoring opportunities. 

“We lost a big part of our offense last year and I knew that I had to step it up this year as an upperclassman,” said Coelho. 

“We have a great group of kids on our team and being a captain helped me become a leader for the underclassmen who had little varsity experience. I hope to continue this next year and help pave the way for the younger kids to continue the success of the GHS soccer program.” 

“I think we accomplished a lot this year, even with the new restrictions and regulations. It was a little disappointing not to have a chance at a postseason run but we made our 10 game season worth every minute. My success on the field started with the support I got from my teammates,” he said.  “I’m honored to receive this award and I want to thank my coach, all my teammates, and everyone who helped me to be where I am today.”

Coelho has had an impressive career so far, but he is far from done. After a notable 8-2 season, the team hopes for an even better record next year, and hopefully a chance to play in the state tournament once again.