A dedicated ESPNHS team managed this spring's Gatorade Girls Soccer Player of the Year selection process, resulting in winners based on the program's three pillars: athletic production and impact in the 2012 season, high academic achievement and exemplary personal character.
For her 27 fellow Gatorade State Spring Girls Soccer Player of the Year winners, click here.
For the 22 Gatorade State Fall Girls Soccer Player of the Year winners, click here.
THE WINNER: Jana Jeffrey
School: Ursuline Academy (Dallas, Texas)
Athletic achievement: Jeffrey led the Bears to a 22-2 record and the Texas Association of Private and Parochial Schools Division I state title this past season, the program’s 22nd straight state championship. She scored 32 goals and passed for 23 assists, including five goals and three assists in Ursuline’s four-game postseason run. The 2011 TAPPS Division I Offensive MVP, Jeffrey is a three-time First Team All-State selection. She concluded her prep soccer career with 54 goals and 40 assists.
Academic excellence: Jeffrey has maintained a B average in the classroom.
Exemplary character: A member of Students Against Destructive Decisions, she has volunteered locally at a retirement home, as a youth tutor and on behalf of Students Reach Out, which provides food for the homeless.
“Jana Jeffrey always sticks out,” said Chris Stricker, head coach of Coppell (Texas). “There is something to be said about leading your team to the state title, and she was the best player on that team.”
THE FUTURE: Jeffrey has signed a National Letter of Intent to play soccer on an athletic scholarship at Boston College this fall.