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.
Senior midfielder/forward, Colchester High (Colchester, VT)
2011 Team record: 7-6-2
2011 Team standing: Lost in Div. I quarterfinals
2011 Goals: 24
2011 Assists: 5
2011 Points per game: 1.93
Career goals: 59
Career assists: 34
Academics: A average
Collegiate destination: Boston College
How she’s played herself into the State POY conversation: Ranked No. 10 senior by ESPNHS; Burlington Free Press Player of the Year; Three-time All-State selection; Member of the U-18 Women's National Team player pool; NSCAA All-American in 2010, 2011.
Senior Forward, Milton High (Milton, VT)
2011 Team record: 16-1-1
2011 Team standing: Won Div. 2 state title
2011 Goals: 25
2011 Assists: 6
2011 Points per game: 1.72
Career goals: 69
Career assists: 29
Academics: A average
Collegiate destination: Undecided
How she’s played herself into the State POY conversation: First Team All-State in 2010, 2011; NSCAA All-New England selection; Lake Division MVP; Won three state titles in four years.
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.
Sophia Steinhoff: Champlain Valley Union High (Hinesburg, VT) Senior forward
Stacy Tomlinson: Peoples Academy (Morrisville, VT) Senior defender
Madison Schaefer: South Burlington High (South Burlington, VT) Senior midfielder
Lindsay Geier: South Burlington High (South Burlington, VT) Junior midfielder
Addison Wennar: Milton High (Milton, VT) Sophomore defender
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.