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: Ashley Spivey
School: McDonogh School (Owings Mills, Md.)
Athletic achievement: Spivey led the Eagles to an 18-3 record and the Independent Athletic Association of Maryland Conference A state title this past season. She scored 18 goals and passed for 16 assists, recording three goals and five assists in three postseason games. A member of the U.S. Soccer Under-18 Women’s National Team, Spivey is a three-time All-American selection by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America and a two-time Baltimore Sun All-Metro Player of the Year. She concluded her prep career with 78 goals and 59 assists.
Academic excellence: Spivey has maintained a 3.72 GPA in the classroom.
Exemplary character: She has volunteered locally as an elementary school aide, at a food bank and with Habitat for Humanity.
“Ashley was both our leading scorer and assist-getter and our most consistent performer,” said McDonogh School head coach Harry Canellakis. “She has consistently forced other teams to change the way they tactically set up against us, which shows the fear and respect that she has garnered around the league.”
THE FUTURE: Spivey has signed a National Letter of Intent to play soccer on an athletic scholarship at the University of Maryland beginning this fall.