Eye on POY: Wisconsin girls soccer

May, 16, 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.

Molly Laufenberg
Senior Midfielder, Waunakee High (Waunakee, WI)

2012 Team record: 17-0-2
2012 Team standing: Regular season ends May 25

2012 Goals: 12
2012 Assists: 5
2012 Points per game: 1.12
Career goals: 37
Career assists: 25

Academics: A average
Collegiate destination: Wisconsin

How she’s played herself into the State POY conversation: First Team All-State; First Team All-Conference.

Maria Stephans
Senior Forward, Hartford Union High (Hartford, WI)

2012 Team record: 12-1-3
2012 Team standing: Regular season ends May 22

2012 Goals: 22
2012 Assists: 11
2012 Points per game: 2.06
Career goals: 66
Career assists: 48

Academics: A average
Collegiate destination: Wisconsin-Milwaukee

How she’s played herself into the State POY conversation: Daily News Player of the Year in 2010, 2011; All-State Best of the Rest; Leading scorer in school history.

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.

Josee Stiever: Junior Midfielder, Cedarburg High (Cedarburg, WI)
Samantha Yasatan: Senior Forward, Case High (Racine, WI)
Maddie Tetzke: Sophomore Forward, Germantown High (Germantown, WI)
Meg Riebau: Junior Forward, Appleton North High (Appleton, WI)
Jill Ross: Senior Forward, Waunakee High (Waunakee, WI)

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.

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