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: Michele Murphy
School: Alta (Sandy, Utah)
Athletic achievement: Murphy led the Hawks to a 19-1 record and the Class 5A state championship this past season. She scored 37 goals and passed for 22 assists, including seven goals and four assists in four postseason games. The 2011 Deseret News’ Miss Soccer and the 2011 Salt Lake Tribune Class 5A Player of the Year, Murphy scored the lone goal in Alta’s 1-0 win over Viewmont High in the state final. She concluded her prep career with 49 goals and 39 assists.
Academic excellence: Murphy has maintained a 3.84 GPA in the classroom.
Exemplary character: She has volunteered locally at Primary Children’s Medical Center, on behalf of a fundraising campaign to benefit diabetes research and as part of multiple community service initiatives in association with her church youth group.
“Michele Murphy was a dominating force that my team personally had no answer for,” said Brady Smith, head coach of West (Salt Lake City, Utah). “She had the ability level to take over a game at any time and was just truly a superior athlete.”
THE FUTURE: Murphy has signed a National Letter of Intent to play soccer on an athletic scholarship at Brigham Young University beginning this fall.