New Jersey Girls Soccer POY: Caroline Chagares

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: Caroline Chagares


School: Ramapo (Franklin Lakes, N.J.)

Grade: Sophomore

Position: Midfielder

Height: 5-foot-8


Athletic achievement: Chagares scored 27 goals and passed for eight assists this past season, leading the Green Raiders (19-4) to the North 1, Group 3 Region championship game. A member of the U.S. Soccer Under-17 Women’s National Team and an All-American selection by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America, she is a two-time First Team All-State honoree. Chagares has 48 goals and 20 assists through two varsity campaigns.

Academic excellence: Chagares has maintained a 3.18 GPA in the classroom.

Exemplary character: She has volunteered locally as a peer tutor, as a youth camp counselor and as part of multiple community service initiatives in association with her church youth group.


“There really are not enough words to describe a player like Caroline Chagares,” said Tara Madigan, head coach of Northern Highlands (Allendale, N.J.). “It blows my mind how young she is, but her technical and tactical abilities are incredible. I would certainly consider Caroline one of the best players I have ever seen.”

THE FUTURE: Chagares will begin her junior year of high school this fall.