All-Metro boys soccer player of the year: Gibbs pushes through knee injury to keep Fort Zumwalt South on top | All-Metro Boys Soccer

“It was really the whole team. I didn’t see a single kid out there getting nervous, it drove me crazy. We all just kept calm and did what we did.”

Layne is a “half glass” person when it comes to analyzing Gibbs’ stats. Yes, they were out of the roaring pace of last season, but the conditions have to be assessed.

“Some might look at it because he didn’t reach the level he was at as a junior,” Lin said. “I would have thought of it the other way around. Looking at what he was trying to overcome – the injuries he had – he really achieved more this year than he did last year.

“He was always a top player; he always wanted to shine in a big game. It’s really hard to find these types of players. When we needed something to happen, he made it happen. Carson never wavered. Take advantage of it. That’s what separates Carson from the others.”

Gibbs, son of Brandon and Jane, underwent knee repair surgery three days after the state championship game. He will join the St. Louis Under-23 development team in the spring. Gibbs said his younger brother Riley will also join St. Louis. Riley is a sophomore at Fort Zumwalt South.

“I will miss[high school]for sure,” said Carson Gibbs, “but you always have to move on to bigger and better things.” “What I remember about all of this is how much fun it was to go there and play high school. For the majority of my high school seasons, I was with the same guys. Being able to create that bond during these four years was the most special part. It was being able to go back in time. And winning three out of four state championships is a great way to end my high school career.”

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