A dedicated ESPNHS team managed this spring's Gatorade Girls Soccer Player of the Year selection process, resulting in winners based on the program's three pillars: athletic production and impact in the 2012 season, high academic achievement and exemplary personal character.
For her 27 fellow Gatorade State Spring Girls Soccer Player of the Year winners, click here.
For the 22 Gatorade State Fall Girls Soccer Player of the Year winners, click here.
THE WINNER: Allie Stephenson
School: Lee's Summit North (Lee's Summit, Mo.)
Athletic achievement: Stephenson led the Broncos to a 20-3 record entering the Class 3 state tournament, scheduled to begin May 22. She scored 25 goals and passed for seven assists through 23 games, scoring at least one goal in 17 of the 23 contests. A 2011 Youth All-American selection for club play by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America, Stephenson is a three-time Class 3 First Team All-State honoree and a three-time member of the Kansas City Star All-Metro First Team. Entering the state tournament, she had recorded 110 goals and 57 assists in her prep soccer career.
Academic excellence: Stephenson has maintained a 3.56 GPA in the classroom.
Exemplary character: A member of her school’s Student Activity Advisory Council, she has volunteered locally with Project Uplift to help the homeless and needy, and she has served on a service-mission trip to Guatemala.
“Allie Stephenson is a fantastic player,” said Dave Wiebenga, head coach of rival Lee’s Summit (Mo.). “We have always had to account for her on the field. She has exceptional vision and she is technically very sound. I feel that as she goes, Lee’s Summit North goes.”
THE FUTURE: Stephenson has signed a National Letter of Intent to play soccer on an athletic scholarship at Oklahoma State University this fall.