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: Lauren Bernard
School: Colchester (Vt.)
Athletic achievement: Bernard scored 24 goals and passed for five assists this past season, leading the Lakers (7-6-2) to the Div. I state quarterfinals. The state’s returning Gatorade Girls Soccer Player of the Year, she is a two-time All-American selection by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America and was chosen as Burlington Free Press Player of the Year. Bernard is a former member of the U.S. Soccer Federation Under-15 Women’s National Team, and a current member of the Under-18 National Team player pool.
Academic excellence: Bernard has maintained a 3.93 GPA in the classroom.
Exemplary character: She has volunteered locally with youth soccer programs and camps.
“She’s very strong technically and her left foot is deadly,” said Dwight Irish, head coach of rival Vergennes Union (Vergennes, Vt.). “If she has a little bit of room and she’s anywhere near the goal, she’s going to change the game.”
THE FUTURE: Bernard has signed a National Letter of Intent to play soccer on scholarship at Boston College this fall.