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: Paula Hagopian
School: Kingswood Oxford School
(West Hartford, Conn.)
Athletic achievement: Hagopian scored 13 goals and passed for 10 assists this past season, leading the Wyverns to a 5-7-2 record. Also the 2011 Connecticut Soccer Coaches Association Player of the Year and a two-time All-American selection by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America, she led Kingswood Oxford to the 2010 New England Prep School Athletic Council Class B championship. Hagopian concluded her prep soccer career with 56 goals and 35 assists.
Academic excellence: Hagopian has maintained a 3.73 GPA in the classroom.
Exemplary character: The first chair clarinet player in the Kingswood Oxford school band, she has volunteered locally as a peer tutor and at an area homeless shelter and food bank.
“Paula is so strong that defenders bounce off her,” said Matt Micros, a club coach with Connecticut FC. “She can hold the ball up well and also spin defenders with ease. What she lacks in technique she more than make up for with power and pace.”
THE FUTURE: Hagopian will attend Yale University where she will play soccer beginning this fall.