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: Anna-Marie Popma
School: Tualatin (Ore.)
Athletic achievement: Popma led the Timberwolves to a 19-0 record and the Class 6A state title this past season. Despite missing six games with a broken collarbone, she scored 23 goals and passed for 16 assists, including the lone goal in Tualatin’s 1-0 win over Sunset High in the state final. The Oregonian’s Class 6A Player of the Year, Popma is a two-time First Team All-State selection and the 2011 Class 6A state championship game MVP. She concluded her prep soccer career with a school-record 100 goals and 55 assists.
Academic excellence: Popma has maintained a 3.94 GPA in the classroom.
Exemplary character: She has volunteered locally as a youth soccer coach and referee and on behalf of a fundraising campaign to benefit cancer research.
“Anna-Marie Popma combines athleticism, attitude and soccer intelligence,” said Paul Slover, head coach of Tigard (Ore.). “She has good speed, she is quick and she makes intelligent runs off the ball. She is the complete package.”
THE FUTURE: Popma has signed a National Letter of Intent to play soccer on an athletic scholarship at Boise State University beginning this fall.