The window on the Gatorade State Girls Soccer Player of the Year race is closing, and the search for elite student-athletes 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. Here are two top candidates who meet the basic award criteria as determined by our ESPNHS team that administers the program’s selection process.
Junior Forward, Edmond North High (Edmond, OK)
2012 Team record: 12-4
2012 Team standing: Lost to Bishop Kelley in Class 6A state championship game, 4-1
2012 Goals: 24
2012 Assists: 14
2012 Points per game: 2.38
Career goals: 76
Career assists: 27
Academics: A average
Collegiate destination: Oklahoma State (verbal)
How she’s played herself into the State POY conversation: All-Conference; All-District; All-City Player of the Year.
Junior Goalkeeper, Bishop Kelley High (Tulsa, OK)
2012 Team record: 17-0
2012 Team standing: Defeated Edmond North in Class 6A state championship game, 4-1
2012 Shutouts: 12
2012 Goals allowed: 7
Career shutouts: 26
Career goals allowed: 10
Academics: A average
Collegiate destination: Notre Dame (verbal)
How she’s played herself into the State POY conversation: NSCAA All-American; Tulsa World All-Metro; Didn't allow goal in state championship game.
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 2012-12 campaign.
Krissi Killion: Junior Forward, Broken Arrow High (Broken Arrow, OK)
Marlo Zoller: Freshman Forward, Jenks High (Jenks, OK)
Liz Keester: Junior Forward, Jenks High (Jenks, OK)
Elyse Hight: Senior Goalkeeper, Bishop McGuinness High (Oklahoma City, OK)
Tatum Wagner: Freshman Forward, Bixby High (Bixby, OK)
Think we're missing a deserving Gatorade State Player of the Year candidate in your state? Let us know via e-mail at ESPNHS_GPOY@ESPN.com.