Eye on POY: Louisiana girls soccer

May, 11, 2012
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The window on the Gatorade State Girls Soccer Player of the Year race is closing, and the search for elite student-athletes is in full swing. The award recognizes not only athletic excellence, but also high standards of academic achievement and exemplary character demonstrated on and off the field. Here are two top candidates who meet the basic award criteria as determined by our ESPNHS team that administers the program’s selection process.

Keely Davis
Senior midfielder, Episcopal High (Baton Rouge, LA)

2012 Team record: 25-4-1
2012 Team standing: Lost to Sacred Heart in Div. III state final, 2-0

2012 Goals: 58
2012 Assists: 19
2012 Points per game: 2.38
Career goals: 145

Academics: B-plus average
Collegiate destination: Louisiana Tech

How she’s played herself into the State POY conversation: Division III Player of the Year; Baton Rouge All-Metro co-Player of the Year; Three-time First Team All-State.

Elizabeth Manuel
Senior Forward, Mandeville High (Mandeville, LA)

2012 Team record: 27-7
2012 Team standing: Lost to Mt. Carmel in Div. I state semifinals, 2-1, OT

2012 Goals: 53
2012 Assists: 17
2012 Points per game: 2.06
Career goals: 110

Academics: B-plus average
Collegiate destination: Louisiana-Lafayette

How she’s played herself into the State POY conversation: Set school single-season record for goals; Division I Player of the Year; Two-time First Team All-State.

Make no mistake, the Gatorade State Girls Soccer Player of the Year race isn’t over yet. Time remains for one standout student-athlete among thousands to rise to the top of our list. Here are some more of many who’ve been in the conversation throughout the 2012-12 campaign.

Delaney Sheehan: Junior Forward, Mandeville High (Mandeville, LA)
Zoe Perret: Senior Defender, Mt. Carmel Academy (New Orleans, LA)
Kristen Kern: Senior Midfielder, Academy of Sacred Heart (New Orleans, LA)
Meghan Philp: Senior Forward, Vandebilt Catholic High (Houma, LA)
Lindy Robichaux: Senior Midfielder, Dutchtown High (Geismar, LA)
Somer Jones: Junior Midfielder, Fontainebleau High (Mandeville, LA)
Brooke Gros: Senior Midfielder, Mt. Carmel Academy (New Orleans, LA)
Rebecca Beatty: Junior Forward, St. Scholastica Academy (Covington, LA)

Think we're missing a deserving Gatorade State Player of the Year candidate in your state? Let us know via e-mail at ESPNHS_GPOY@ESPN.com.

Lost to Sacred Heart in state final, 2-0

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