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Friday, December 14, 2012
Franklin's Kirshe is ESPN Boston Miss Soccer

By and its High School section today announced that Kristi Kirshe, senior striker of the Division 1 state champion Franklin Panthers, is the recipient of its first-ever "Miss Soccer" award, which will be presented annually to the top high school girls’ soccer player in Massachusetts.

The Miss Soccer award winner was chosen by a panel of experts made up of staff and correspondents. Kirshe will be presented the award at a later date.

“Kristi may have flown under the radar coming into the season, despite being Franklin's leading scorer each of her four years on varsity, but she was the star of an otherwise very young team,” ESPN Boston High Schools soccer correspondent Josh Perry said. “She handled the pressure of leadership all the way to the program's first state title.”

Kirshe, a four-year varsity starter, capped her prolific high school career with a strong run in the Panthers’ first-ever MIAA Division 1 state championship season. She will play soccer at Williams next year.

For her career, Kirshe finished 102 goals and 44 assists for 146 points after a 40-goal, 13-assist season in 2012.

“I think that her first three years, she kind of flew under the radar,” Panthers head coach Tom Geysen said. “I don’t know if it’s because of where we are, but she never got the attention some of the other girls in the state got. But she’s been our leading scorer for four years, our team MVP in each of those years and an Eastern Mass. All-Star. She’s accomplished just about all you can in a high school career.

“But the thing that impresses me the most about her is that she’ll talk about the team accomplishments first when talking about soccer. That’s the kind of player she was.”