The fall soccer season may have concluded, but the search for Gatorade State Girls Soccer Players of the Year is in full swing. The award recognizes not only athletic excellence, but also high standards of academic achievement and exemplary character demonstrated on and off the field. These athletes made a case in their respective conferences, but did they do enough on and off the field this past season to capture the prestigious statewide honor?
Junior forward, Milford (N.H.)
2011 Team record: 11-6-1 (Division II)
2011 Team standing: Lost Division II state quarterfinals
2011 Goals: 31
2011 Assists: 6
2011 Points per game: 3.36
Collegiate destination: Boston College
How she’s played herself into the State POY conversation: Has totaled 83 career goals and 35 career assists. 2010-11 Gatorade New Hampshire Girls Soccer Player of the Year. 2011 U.S. Soccer Under-17 Women’s National Team captain. 2011 U.S. Soccer Under-23 Women’s National Team member. 2011 NSCAA National Youth Player of the Year. Two-time NSCAA All-American. No. 1 ranked recruit in Class of 2013 as rated by ESPNHS.
Sophomore midfielder, Brewster Academy (Wolfeboro, N.H.)
2011 Team record: 16-2-1 (New England Preparatory School Athletic Council Class C)
2011 Team standing: Lost NEPSAC Class C tournament championship game
2011 Goals: 22
2011 Assists: 23
2011 Points per game: 2.64
Collegiate destination: HS Sophomore
How she’s played herself into the State POY conversation: Recorded 32 goals and 40 assists last season at Londonderry (N.H.). 2011 U.S. Soccer Under-17 Women’s National Team camp participant. 2011 Under-16 Super Y North American Championships Most Valuable Player.
Make no mistake, the Gatorade State Girls Soccer Player of the Year race isn’t over yet. Time remains for one standout student-athlete among thousands to rise to the top of our list. Here are some more of many who’ve been in the conversation throughout the 2011-12 campaign.
Melissa Gloekler: Senior forward, Bow (N.H.)
Rachel Hill: Junior forward, Somersworth (N.H.)
Kirsten O’Neil: Senior forward, Winnacunnet (Hampton, N.H.)
Abby Short: Junior forward, Exeter (N.H.)
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