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, Christ Church Episcopal (Greenville, S.C.)
2012 Team record: 21-1
2012 Team standing: Class 1A-2A state final vs. Academic Magnet on Friday
2012 Goals: 43
2012 Assists: 17
Career goals: 109
Career assists: 46
Academics: A average
Collegiate destination: Undecided
How she’s played herself into the State POY conversation: Averaging 2.7 points per game this season. Amassed 11 goals and six assists in her first four postseason games. Two-time Class 1A-2A First Team All-State selection. Two-time All-Region honoree.
Junior midfielder, T.L. Hanna (Anderson, S.C.)
2012 Team record: 26-2
2012 Team standing: Class 4A state final vs. Wando on Friday
2012 Goals: 31
2012 Assists: 11
Career goals: 75
Career assists: 39
Academics: A average
Collegiate destination: University of South Carolina (verbal)
How she’s played herself into the State POY conversation:
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.
Courtney Angotti-Smith: Senior forward, Pinewood Prep (Summerville, S.C.)
Stephanie DeVita: Senior midfielder, Hillcrest (Simpsonville, S.C.)
Amy Dherkers: Senior forward, Irmo (Columbia, S.C.)
Karli Farnham: Senior defender/midfielder, Irmo (Columbia, S.C.)
Miranda Weslake: Sophomore forward, Beaufort Academy (Beaufort, S.C.)
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