Voc-Tech’s Dominek Borden is the 2020-2021 Men’s Soccer Player of the Year
It’s safe to say that the adage “Big guys make big hits” was coined with Dominek Borden in mind.
Because that’s exactly what recent GNB Voc-Tech and future football star Franklin Pierce have been doing on the South Coast pitches during his career.
Borden’s sweet touch of goal has made him the South Coast Conference’s strongest player for the past four years – literally scored, sometimes by one, often by two defensemen.
And despite all the attention paid to him in the middle of the field, he most often finds the mark in the net, leaving his teammates in celebration and his opponents disoriented. It also left him as our clear choice as the 2020-2021 Male Soccer Player of the Year.
“I came in last season with more confidence in my abilities as a player and as a leader for a very talented group of guys,” Borden said. “I think being versatile in several positions has allowed me to be available in different cases, not just as a winger.”
This versatility has certainly helped GNB Voc-Tech first-year head coach Henry Almeida build his offense ahead of the season.
“Dom has provided so much for our team that you just can’t coach,” said Almeida, the former UMass Dartmouth mentor. “His touch around the net, knowing where the ball is, knowing where his teammates are and knowing where the defenders are – it’s all instinctive. He scored a lot of goals, but he created so many more chances. That’s what defines him as a playmaker.
“Dom’s leadership has been essential in helping us build our chemistry and work ethic every day. He didn’t just have everyone’s respect, he gave it back to his teammates. I couldn’t be happier with the way his season has gone, and he definitely has great things ahead of him. “
Borden’s legacy of success was cemented in Fall 2 this spring when he led the Bears with 32 points and led GNB Voc-Tech to a 7-2-3 mark that included a place in the SCC Tournament Championship game against Dighton-Rehoboth. A season that started with a seven-game unbeaten streak has continued with great success for Borden, who has 13 goals and six assists.
With all of these goals, you might think it would be difficult for Borden to pick one that stands out. It wasn’t difficult at all – in fact, it was gold – a rocket fired from an unlikely angle early in overtime that gave the Bears a 1-0 win at Old Rochester in the CSC semifinals and allowed his senior campaign to continue.
“It was such a competitive game that a lot of people didn’t see us winning,” Borden said of the last dramatic games against the Bulldogs. “It was so gratifying to consolidate our place in the final. “
Adding this victory to other memories, like winning both the professional tournament and the SCC crown in the same season, crowned Borden’s storybook career along Ashley Boulevard. Now he’s ready to take his game to the next level with Franklin Pierce, who is a member of the nationally recognized Northeast-10 Conference. Having a former varsity coach by his side over the past year has made this transition much smoother.
“Coach Almeida focused on so many things that we had never really covered before,” said Borden. “He was truly a top level coach, and I’m so grateful that I had the opportunity to learn from him.
“As much as Dom could learn from me, I took as much knowledge and experience from him,” noted Almeida. “You don’t often get the chance to coach someone so special on and off the pitch, and that’s how I feel for Dom. He’s up for the challenges of college football and I know he is. ‘he will have the same level of success.
As the bear now turns into a crow, Borden is undoubtedly ready to take flight as the first chapter of his college journey begins.
ALL ABOUT DOMINEK BORDEN
WHY BORDEN WAS SELECTED: As the area’s leading scorer, Borden saved his best to last as GNB Voc-Tech posted a 7-2-3 mark and advanced to the SCC tournament title game.
KEY STATISTICS: Four times on the South Coast Conference All-Star Team, Borden had 13 goals and six assists for 32 points to propel the Bears’ high-octane offense into the spring.
MOMENT MVP: “The play he did just to get the ball to the net against Old Rochester in the SCC tournament is one of the best I have ever seen,” said GNB Voc-Tech head coach Henry Almeida . “I still don’t know how he did it, but that moment really defined his season and defined how he has excelled throughout his career.”
ALMEIDA: “When I look back on last season, I will always remember how Dom improved everyone around him. It’s the biggest compliment you can get as an athlete. No matter the stats, no matter the honors – if someone just says you’ve improved your teammates, that’s the highest praise imaginable.
WHAT THE FUTURE RESERVES: Borden exercises his talents on the grounds of Division II Franklin Pierce University, where he will major in Health Sciences and complete the school’s physiotherapy program.