Eye on POY: Washington D.C. girls soccer

The fall soccer season may have concluded, but the search for Gatorade State Girls Soccer Players of the Year is in full swing. The award recognizes not only athletic excellence, but also high standards of academic achievement and exemplary character demonstrated on and off the field. Here are two top candidates who meet the basic award criteria as determined by our ESPNHS team that administers the program’s selection process.

Kara Wilson

Senior midfielder, Sidwell Friends School (Washington, D.C.)

2011 Team record: 14-1-1

2011 Team standing: Lost Independent School League tournament semifinals

2011 Goals: 19

2011 Assists: 11

2011 Points per game: 2.14

Career goals: 45

Career assists: 27

Academics: B average

Collegiate destination: Duke University

How she’s played herself into the State POY conversation: 2010-11 Gatorade Washington D.C. Girls Soccer Player of the Year. The Quakers started 13-0-1 with Wilson in the lineup, but she missed the postseason while attending a national team training camp. Two-time Washington Post First Team All-Met selection. No. 46 ranked recruit in Class of 2012 as rated by ESPNHS.

Maisie McCune

Senior midfielder, St. John's College (Washington, D.C.)

2011 Team record: 13-2-1

2011 Team standing: Washington Catholic Athletic Conference tournament champions

2011 Goals: 10

2011 Assists: 12

2011 Points per game: 1.38

Career goals: 19

Career assists: 21

Academics: B-plus average

Collegiate destination: University of Maryland

How she’s played herself into the State POY conversation: Tallied the game-winning assist in both the WCAC quarterfinal match against Elizabeth Seton and the semifinal match against Holy Cross. 2011 Washington Post First Team All-Met selection. Two-time First Team All-WCAC selection. Region I Olympic Development Program Team member.

Make no mistake, the Gatorade State Girls Soccer Player of the Year race isn’t over yet. Time remains for one standout student-athlete among thousands to rise to the top of our list. Here are some more of many who’ve been in the conversation throughout the 2011-12 campaign.

Shannon Collins: Senior defender, St. John's College (Washington, D.C.)

Joan Fleischman: Junior forward, Sidwell Friends School (Washington, D.C.)

Kirsten Glad: Senior goalkeeper, St. John's College (Washington, D.C.)

Ally Grossman: Senior defender, St. John's College (Washington, D.C.)

Emily Hester: Junior midfielder, National Cathedral School (Washington, D.C.)

Think we're missing a deserving Gatorade State Player of the Year candidate in your state? Let us know via e-mail at ESPNHS_GPOY@ESPN.com.