Return of the POY: North Carolina's Caroline Lindquist

The Gatorade State Girls Soccer Players of the Year spring selection process is in full swing, and what better way to kick off coverage than with profiles of returning underclassmen winners? Repeating is no guarantee, but here's a snapshot of what this year’s challengers can shoot for.

Name: Caroline Lindquist

School: Ravenscroft School (Raleigh, N.C.)

Grade: Senior

Position: Midfielder

2011 Goals: 11

2011 Assists: 9

Notes: 2010-11 Gatorade North Carolina Girls Soccer Player of the Year. Led the Ravens (18-2-1) to the 2011 North Carolina Independent Schools Athletic Association Class 3A state championship match. U.S. Soccer Under-18 Women’s National Team member. No. 21 ranked recruit in Class of 2012 as rated by ESPNHS.

Academics: A average

College: University of North Carolina

Extracurricular activities: The founder and president of Ravenscroft’s International Microlending Club, which gives out small loans to entrepreneurs in developing countries, she is a contributor to The Living Hand, her school’s literary and fine arts magazine, and she has volunteered locally with the Special Olympics and as a youth sailing instructor.

Rusty Scarborough, Director of Coaching for the Raleigh-based Capital Area Soccer League club program: “Caroline is very, very tenacious and brave. Technically she’s sound and she can play multiple positions. She understands the game so well.”

Each Gatorade State Player of the Year is challenged by thousands of fellow high school athletes. These are a few of the returning girls soccer underclassmen that also contended in 2010-11.

Whitney Bunn: Junior forward, Bunn (N.C.)

Cameron Castleberry: Junior forward, Ravenscroft School (Raleigh, N.C.)

Bria Dixon: Junior forward, Cary (N.C.)

Taylor Francis: Junior goalkeeper, Panther Creek (Cary, N.C.)

Hannah Gardner: Senior midfielder, East Chapel Hill (Chapel Hill, N.C.)

Rachel Hallman: Junior midfielder, Millbrook (Raleigh, N.C.)

Auburn Mercer: Junior defender, Weddington (Matthews, N.C.)

Alexis Shaffer: Junior forward, Green Hope (Cary, N.C.)

Kylie Tawney: Senior defender/midfielder, Carrboro (N.C.)

Claire Wagner: Junior defender, Panther Creek (Cary, N.C.)

A dedicated ESPNHS POY team manages the Gatorade Player of the Year selection process and oversees all research, reporting, comparative analysis and criteria-compliance on the program’s behalf. Candidates are judged on athletic production and impact in the current season. Contenders must demonstrate high academic achievement and exemplary personal character, including volunteerism, sportsmanship and community leadership. Senior status has no bearing on a candidate’s merit and selections are made independent of ESPNHS recruit rankings.

To nominate a student-athlete for Player of the Year honors, contact the POY team at ESPNHS_GPOY@ESPN.com.