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Three Jaguars Boys Named FREEP Nominees

By John Kopko, 01/06/20, 12:15PM EST

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Luke Benford, Taiga Shiokawa, and Shion Soga were nominated for the FREEP Sports Awards Soccer Player of the Year.

DETROIT - Three Michigan Jaguars FC players were nominated today for the 2019-20 Boys Soccer Player of the Year award given by the Detroit Free Press. Luke Benford (02 Boys Green), Taiga Shiokawa (03 Boys Green), and Shion Soga (02 Boys Green) will each be honored in June at the Detroit Free Press Sports Awards at the Fillmore Theater. 

Benford netted 13 goals and eight assists for Salem this season, and was named to the all-state Dream Team. Shiokawa had 11 assists and helped Novi secure 11 clean sheets while earning all-state Dream team honors.  Soga scored 19 goals and assisted 14 more for Novi, earning all-state Dream Team honors along with US Coaches All-Great Lakes Region honors.  

Last July, Soga and Benford helped lead the MI Jaguars 2002 Boys Green team to the US Youth Soccer National semifinal game.

All three players helped their schools to the Division I State Semifinals this fall.

For the full Free Press release, click here