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.
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THE WINNER: Carly Neal
School: Kamehameha School (Honolulu, Hawaii)
Athletic achievement: Neal led the Warriors to a 13-1-1 record and the Division I state title this past season. She scored 13 goals and passed for 12 assists. The Honolulu Star-Advertiser Player of the Year, Neal is a two-time Interscholastic League of Hawaii All-Star and a member of the 2012 Division I All-Tournament Team.
Academic excellence: Neal has maintained a 3.67 GPA in the classroom.
Exemplary character: She has volunteered locally with the Special Olympics and on behalf of multiple area road races.
“Carly Neal is an all-around player,” said Cesar Robledo, head coach of rival Kamehameha School-Maui (Makawao, Hawaii). “Top to bottom, she really tore us apart. She would play defense, she would play forward, and she was an attacking midfielder. She is solid.”
THE FUTURE: Neal has signed a National Letter of Intent to play soccer on an athletic scholarship at the University of Texas at San Antonio this fall.