A dedicated ESPNHS team managed this past fall's Gatorade State Girls Soccer Player of the Year selection process, resulting in winners based on the program's three pillars: athletic production and impact in the 2011 season, high academic achievement and exemplary personal character.
For her 21 fellow Gatorade State Fall Girls Soccer Player of the Year winners, click here.
THE WINNER: Brooke Backes
School: Carmel (Ind.)
Athletic achievement: Backes led the Greyhounds to a 22-0-1 record and the Class 2A state championship this past season. She scored 16 goals and passed for nine assists, scoring the lone goal in Carmel’s 1-0 state title-clinching win over Hamilton Southeastern (Fishers, Ind.). The 2011 Indiana Soccer Coaches Association’s Miss Soccer, Backes is a two-time Indianapolis Star Player of the Year and an All-American selection by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America. She concluded her prep soccer career with 42 goals and 26 assists.
Academic excellence: Backes has maintained a 3.85 weighted GPA in the classroom.
Exemplary character: She has volunteered locally at an area homeless shelter and food bank, on behalf of a fundraising campaign to benefit cancer research and as part of multiple community service initiatives in association with her church youth group.
“Brooke Backes is extremely dangerous, fast and deadly inside the 18-yard box,” said Ramon Aguillon, head coach of Zionsville (Ind.). “She is a tremendous player.”
THE FUTURE: Backes has signed a National Letter of Intent to play soccer on an athletic scholarship at the University of Iowa beginning this fall.