Arkansas Girls Soccer POY: Tayler Estrada

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.

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THE WINNER: Tayler Estrada


School: Bentonville (Ark.)

Grade: Junior

Position: Midfielder

Height: 5-foot-6


Athletic achievement: Estrada led the Tigers to a 15-4-2 record and the Class 7A state championship this past season. The returning Gatorade Arkansas Girls Soccer Player of the Year, she scored 17 goals and passed for six assists in 2012. A two-time 7A West Conference Player of the Year, Estrada was a 2011 All-American selection by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America. She concluded her junior year with 42 goals and 26 assists in her prep career.

Academic excellence: Estrada has maintained a 3.55 weighted GPA in the classroom.

Exemplary character: She has volunteered locally at an area homeless shelter, an animal shelter and with the Northwest Arkansas Children’s Shelter’s participation in the Toys for Tots program.


“When Tayler Estrada is not on the field that team is not that dangerous,” said Chris Leshinski, head coach of rival Heritage (Rogers, Ark.). “The game-plan is to mark Tayler and take her out of the game. She is the one who you cannot let beat her.”

THE FUTURE: Estrada has verbally committed to play soccer on an athletic scholarship at the University of Kansas beginning in the fall of 2013.