The 2011-12 Gatorade State Girls Soccer Players of the Year selection process is underway, and what better way to kick off coverage than with profiles of returning underclassmen winners? Repeating is no guarantee, but here's a snapshot of what this year’s challengers can shoot for …
Name: Morgan Andrews
School: Milford (N.H.)
College: Boston College (verbal)
Notes: 2010-11 Gatorade New Hampshire Girls Soccer Player of the Year ... led the Spartans (10-7) to the 2010 Division II state tournament ... 2010 U.S. Soccer Under-17 National Team player pool member ... 2010 U.S. Soccer Under-15 National Team captain ... 2010 NSCAA Youth All-American ... Division II leading scorer
Academics: B average
Extracurricular activities: community-outreach program ... launched her own charity program that allowed coaches and players to donate their time and field-use privileges in exchange for canned goods that were brought to area food banks
Jason Dewhurst, Andrews' club coach with the Stars of Massachusetts: "Morgan Andrews, she's just an unbelievable player. She's a perfectionist, always has been. Andrews is the type of player you build a team around, she's that good. She is just a talent like I've never coached before. She's just a different breed."
Each Gatorade State Player of the Year is challenged by thousands of fellow high school athletes. These are a few of the returning girls soccer underclassmen that also contended in 2010-11 …
Lydia Simmons JR F Londonderry; Christine Brienen SR F Nashua Christian
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