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: Carson Pickett
School: St. John’s Country Day School
(Orange Park, Fla.)
Athletic achievement: Pickett led the Spartans to a 23-2-2 record and the Class 1A state title this past season. She scored 52 goals and passed for 36 assists, including 11 goals and seven assists in St. John’s five-game postseason run. Pickett was the 2012 Florida Dairy Farmers Female Soccer Player of the Year and the Class 1A State Player of the Year. A six-year varsity player, she concluded her prep soccer career with 150 goals and 152 assists.
Academic excellence: Pickett has maintained a B average in the classroom.
Exemplary character: A member of her local Fellowship of Christian Athletes chapter, she has volunteered locally as part of a fundraising campaign to benefit diabetes research and as a youth soccer coach.
“Carson Pickett is one of the best players I have seen,” said Tony Cuthbertson, head coach of rival Christ’s Church Academy (Jacksonville, Fla.). “She is very sound technically and capable of beating you in many ways. She is also a very unselfish playmaker who truly makes everyone around her a better player.”
THE FUTURE: Pickett has signed a National Letter of Intent to play soccer on an athletic scholarship at Florida State University this fall.