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: Kara Wilson
School: Sidwell Friends School (Washington, D.C.)
Athletic achievement: Wilson scored 19 goals and passed for 11 assists this past season, leading the Quakers (14-1-1) to the Independent School League Tournament semifinals. The returning Gatorade Washington, D.C. Girls Soccer Player of the Year, she is a two-time Washington Post First Team All-Met selection and a member of the U.S. Youth Soccer Region I Olympic Development Program team. Wilson concluded her prep soccer career with 45 goals and 27 assists.
Academic excellence: Wilson has maintained a B average in the classroom.
Exemplary character: A staff writer for Sidwell’s school newspaper, The Horizon, she has volunteered locally at an assisted living facility recently and completed a service-mission trip to Philadelphia, where she started a camp for inner-city children.
“Kara is outstanding, marrying pace and physique to technical skill,” said Zeff Yusof, head coach of Georgetown Visitation Prep (Washington, D.C.). “She used her height well and had a physical presence that intimidated the younger, smaller players. But more impressively she always seemed to be in the right position.”
THE FUTURE: Wilson has signed a National Letter of Intent to play soccer on an athletic scholarship at Duke University beginning this fall.