Jesuit’s Carson Bien wins Alvarez award

Jesuit’s Carson Bien, who led the Class 5A state champions in scoring, won the Jose A. Alvarez Award as the top boys soccer player in Hillsborough County. 

The award presentation, now in its 36th year, typically is done during a dinner ceremony. Because of COVID-19 restrictions, Bien was awarded at school. 

In March, Bien was named the Florida Dairy Farmers Class 5A state player of the year for his role in the Tigers winning their first state title since 2001. 

As one of three returning players who had more than 10 goals last season, Bien was counted on to be a scorer. He did just that, leading the team with 28 goals, including 11 game-winners. 

But his contributions went beyond just putting the ball through the net. 

In the state title game, the forward switched positions, playing defensive midfield after a few injuries depleted Jesuit’s depth. Bien more than held his own. He even assisted on the game-winning goal. 

After a stellar senior season, Bien is hanging up his cleats. 

He had some options to play at the next level but decided a few months ago to give that up because he could not find the right fit. Instead, he will become a student in college.