A dedicated ESPNHS team managed this past fall's Gatorade State Girls Soccer Player of the Year selection process, resulting in winners based on the program's three pillars: athletic production and impact in the 2011 season, high academic achievement and exemplary personal character.
For her 21 fellow Gatorade State Fall Girls Soccer Player of the Year winners, click here.
THE WINNER: Isabel Farrell
School: Interlake (Bellevue, Wash.)
Athletic achievement: Farrell led the Saints to a 17-3-1 record and the Class 2A state championship this past season. In her only season of high school soccer, she scored nine goals and passed for 14 assists, including an assist on the lone goal in Interlake’s 1-0 win over Cedarcrest High in the state final. A member of the U.S. Soccer Under-18 Women’s National Team and a two-time Youth All-American selection by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America for club play, Farrell was named the Washington State Soccer Coaches Association Class 2A State MVP.
Academic excellence: Farrell has maintained a 3.57 GPA in the classroom.
Exemplary character: She has volunteered locally on behalf of the Mercer Island Boys & Girls Club, the International District/Chinatown Community Center and as a youth soccer coach.
“I have never seen a player like Izzy Farrell at the high school level,” said Nicole Dahl Nelson, head coach of Mercer Island (Wash.). “When she played against us, it was like she was just having fun, and then when she decided she wanted to take over the game, she would beat four players and score upper corner from outside the box.”
THE FUTURE: Farrell has signed a National Letter of Intent to play soccer on an athletic scholarship at the University of Washington beginning this fall.