Eye on POY: Arizona girls soccer

May, 17, 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.

Jenna Glad
Senior midfielder, Catalina Hills (Tucson, Ariz.)

2012 Team record: 22-3
2012 Team standing: Division II state champions

2012 Goals: 12
2012 Assists: 8
Career goals: 34
Career assists: 27

Academics: A average
Collegiate destination: University of Colorado

How she’s played herself into the State POY conversation: Averaged 0.8 points per game this season. 2012 Arizona Republic Big Schools Player of the Year. Won three straight state championships.

Ashley Hatch
Junior forward, Highland (Gilbert, Ariz.)

2012 Team record: 22-3
2012 Team standing: Division I state champions

2012 Goals: 33
2012 Assists: 20
Career goals: 86
Career assists: 56

Academics: A average
Collegiate destination: Brigham Young (verbal)

How she’s played herself into the State POY conversation: Averaged 2.1 points per game this season. 2012 East Valley Tribune Player of the Year. 2012 AIA Division I Player of the Year. Two-time First Team All-State selection.

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 2011-12 campaign.

Jorian Baucom: Sophomore forward, Pinnacle (Phoenix, Ariz.)
Jaden DeGracie: Junior midfielder, Highland (Gilbert, Ariz.)
Michaela Dooley: Junior forward, Xavier College Prep (Phoenix, Ariz.)
Laura Glew: Senior goalkeeper, Hamilton (Chandler, Ariz.)
Cassie Miller: Junior goalkeeper, Cactus Shadows (Cave Creek, Ariz.)

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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