Player Profile: Andy Alvarez

Andy Alvarez is a Gulliver Preparatory High School (Miami, FL) soccer stand out and 2015 Army University incoming freshmen. In 2015 Alvarez was voted team MVP, Gulliver Prep Athlete of the Year, and All-Dade County Athlete of the Year, while also adding his second Florida High School Athletic Association Class 2A State Championship. He finished his senior season as the No. 5 ranked recruit in the country with 21 goals and 21 assists.

For 17 year old Andy Alvarez, soccer as well as life has never been about the recognition, high school awards, or state championships that he's been apart of.  It has only been about one thing, serving others. A true class act, Alvarez has focused more on making those around him successful and less on himself through his high school career. In that process however, he quietly wrote his own success story. 

The 6 foot, 160 pound forward, whose prep career is nothing short of remarkable, decided to transfer to Gulliver Preparatory High School after spending his freshmen year at John A. Ferguson. This proved to be the right decision as Alvarez helped make an immediate impact at Gulliver and lead the program to new heights.

By his junior year, the stellar striker was certain of two things: he was passionate about serving others and he wanted to continue his playing career at the collegiate level. The one thing he was uncertain of though, was where he would pursue both dreams... Then West Point Head Coach, Russell Payne, called with the opportunity of a lifetime. 

Prior to his visit to West Point, Alvarez turned to his father for guidance. Abraham recalls how he knew his son was ready to take control of his destiny, "Andy would reference these lyrics from Frank Sinatra's song 'My Way':  "I faced it all and I stood tall and I did it my way." It was clear that Andy wanted to show those around him that when it came to making decisions for his future, he did not intend to follow the book but instead write it. 

Having no prior connection to the military didn't have any factor on Alvarez's decision. After a productive trip to West Point, the Gulliver Prep standout knew within 36 hours of stepping on campus that it was where he would be attending school in the fall of 2015. "I feel like West Point was the best option for me, I went in with an open mind and knew on my visit that I would leave committed to Army University," said Alvarez. 

The Alvarez Family on National Signing Day (Left to right: Abraham Alvarez, Julia Hernandez, Bryan Alvarez, and Sandra Alvarez)

The Alvarez Family on National Signing Day (Left to right: Abraham Alvarez, Julia Hernandez, Bryan Alvarez, and Sandra Alvarez)

Shortly after experiencing the high of his life, when he committed to West Point, his character would be put to the test. A leg injury, late in the summer of 2014, would force the West Point commit to the sideline where he would have a slow battle back to the playing field. When he returned to form however, he would go on to have the greatest year of his prep career.

When asked what helped to push him back to full health, Alvarez replied, "Soccer is my happy place. I always enjoy myself and the time I get with friends. Soccer has become my lifestyle instead of just a game." 

Alvarez now looks to take his career to the next level at Army University. "I was recruited for a reason. I feel like I can make a difference, and if I get the chance during my freshmen year I will be ready because I did it my way."

Andy A. Alvarez, Class of 2015: Left Midfielder / Forward Gulliver Prep. High School 

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