Josh Nordaas is adept at putting a soccer ball through the net. Just look at the stats the Keswick Christian graduate compiled in his high school career: 40 goals as a senior, 63 overall.
He also has a knack for setting up teammates to score, as evidenced by his 24 assists this past season and 58 in his career, both marks setting school records.
Those numbers were noteworthy. So were the ones he accomplished in the classroom, particularly when it comes to the greatest academic measurable of all: grade point average.
Nordaas ranked among the top students at Keswick with a weighted 4.30 gpa.
The combination of athletic and academic achievements helped Nordaas gain some notoriety. He was the only local listed on the 2019-20 United Soccer Coaches High School Boys Scholar All-America Team.
“It was a tremendous honor to be on that list, and to be recognized for all the work I put in all these years,” Nordaas said. “It was a tough year, especially with everything being shut down, so it was good to be rewarded at the end. It was really one of the first times I’ve been able to kind of look back and realize everything I was able to do at Keswick.”
Nordaas still is recovering from shoulder surgery. That prevented him from pursuing any offers or interest from college coaches. Instead, he will attend the University of Florida as a student and plans on playing soccer at the club level.