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: Hayley Dowd
School: Peabody (Mass.)
Athletic achievement: Dowd led the Tanners to a 22-0-2 record and the Division 1 state championship this past season. She scored 41 goals and passed for 19 assists, recording seven goals and three assists in six postseason matches. An All-American selection by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America and the Division 1 Player of the Year for both the Boston Globe and Boston Herald, Dowd is a two-time Northeastern Conference MVP. She has 121 goals and 43 assists through three varsity seasons.
Academic excellence: Dowd has maintained an A average in the classroom.
Exemplary character: A member of the Peabody High Captain’s Council, she has volunteered locally as a youth soccer coach.
“Hayley Dowd can score working with her team, she can go 1-on-1 and if she is double-teamed she finds her teammates with passes for easy goals” said Fred Day, head coach of Salem (Mass.). “She never stops working off the ball. I would pay to watch her play.”
THE FUTURE: Dowd has verbally committed to play soccer on an athletic scholarship at Boston College beginning in the fall of 2013.