Eye on POY: Massachusetts girls soccer

February, 4, 2012
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The fall soccer season may have concluded, but the search for Gatorade State Girls Soccer Players of the Year 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.

Lauren Berman
Junior midfielder, Canton (Mass.)

2011 Team record: 19-2-2 (Division 2)
2011 Team standing: Lost Division 2 state championship game

2011 Goals: 33
2011 Assists: 7
2011 Points per game: 1.74
Career goals: 90
Career assists: 22

Academics: A average
Collegiate destination: University of Maryland

How she’s played herself into the State POY conversation: Scored seven goals in six postseason matches, including two goals in the Division 2 state semifinals, a 3-0 win over Newburyport (Mass.). 2011 NSCAA All-New England selection. Two-time Hockomock League Most Valuable Player. Three-time All-State selection. 2011 All-Scholastic selection as named by The Boston Globe. No. 21 ranked recruit in Class of 2013 as rated by ESPNHS.

Hayley Dowd
Junior forward, Peabody (Mass.)

2011 Team record: 22-0-2 (Division 1)
2011 Team standing: Division 1 state champions

2011 Goals: 41
2011 Assists: 19
2011 Points per game: 2.61
Career goals: 121
Career assists: 43

Academics: A average
Collegiate destination: Boston College

How she’s played herself into the State POY conversation: Tallied seven goals and three assists in six postseason matches, including scoring game-winning overtime goals in the regional semifinals and the state semifinals. Scored at least one goal in every regular season game she played. Recorded eight hat tricks. 2011 NSCAA All-American. 2011 Division 1 Player of the Year as named by The Boston Globe and Boston Herald. Two-time Northeastern Conference Most Valuable Player. No. 12 ranked recruit in Class of 2013 as rated by ESPNHS.

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.

Andrea O’Brien: Junior forward, Concord-Carlisle (Concord, Mass.)
Corey Persson: Senior forward, Danvers (Mass.)
Jenna Savi: Senior forward, Dedham (Mass.)
Mikayla Williams: Senior midfielder, Stoughton (Mass.)
Colby Woeltz: Senior midfielder, Noble and Greenough School (Danvers, Mass.)

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.

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