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: Emily Sonnett
School: Fellowship Christian School
Athletic achievement: Sonnett scored 25 goals and passed for 12 assists this past season, leading the Paladins (14-3-1) to the Class A state championship game. A member of the U.S. Soccer Under-18 Women’s National Team and a 2011 Youth All-American selection by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America for club play, she was also a 2011 ESPNHS First Team All-American. Sonnett concluded her prep soccer career with 113 goals and 41 assists.
Academic excellence: Sonnett has maintained a 3.30 GPA in the classroom.
Exemplary character: She has volunteered locally with a nursing home, as a youth soccer coach and on behalf of the Atlanta Union Mission.
“Emily Sonnett is a very dangerous attacking player, super creative and very mobile off the ball,” said Dave Smith, Sonnett’s club coach with NASA Elite. “She creates danger with her passing and dribbling and can finish with either foot. She holds herself to a very high standard, and she holds those around her to a high standard as well.”
THE FUTURE: Sonnett has signed a National Letter of Intent to play soccer on an athletic scholarship at the University of Virginia this fall.