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: Libby Leedom
School: St. Henry (Erlanger, Ky.)
Athletic achievement: Leedom scored 23 goals and passed for 13 assists this past season, leading the Crusaders (18-4) to the 9th Region championship game. The Kentucky Enquirer Player of the Year, she is a two-time First Team All-State selection and was named 2010 State Tournament MVP when she led St. Henry to the state title. Leedom has 86 goals and 33 assists through three varsity seasons.
Academic excellence: Leedom has maintained a 4.28 weighted GPA in the classroom.
Exemplary character: She has volunteered locally on behalf of a fundraising campaign to benefit breast cancer research and as a youth soccer coach.
“Libby Leedom played multiple positions and her greatest quality is her ability to play great soccer while making her teammates better,” said Edmundo Echeverria, head coach of Ryle (Union, Ky.). “She makes her team better and elevates the level of play of those players around her.”
THE FUTURE: Leedom has verbally committed to play soccer on an athletic scholarship at the University of Dayton beginning in the fall of 2013.