A dedicated ESPNHS team managed this spring's Gatorade Girls Soccer Player of the Year selection process, resulting in winners based on the program's three pillars: athletic production and impact in the 2012 season, high academic achievement and exemplary personal character.
THE WINNER: Jackie Tondl
School: Marian (Omaha, Neb.)
Athletic achievement: Tondl led the Crusaders to a 20-1 record and the Class A state title this past season. She scored 11 goals and passed for four assists while anchoring a defense that allowed just three goals in 21 games with 10 straight shutouts to end the season. A two-time Super State First Team selection and an Academic All-State honoree, Tondl was a four-year starter for Marian. The Crusaders allowed 15 goals in Tondl’s 83 career games, an average of 0.18 goals against per contest.
Academic excellence: Tondl has maintained a 4.11 weighted GPA in the classroom.
Exemplary character: She has volunteered locally with Habitat for Humanity, as a youth soccer coach and as a mentor to Marian High freshmen.
“Jackie Tondl is such a leader in the back for her team,” said Sara Fjell, head coach of rival Bellevue East (Bellevue, Neb.). “She is the main reason Marian has not been scored on much in the past four seasons. She is strong out of the air and can handle any player in the state 1-on-1.”
THE FUTURE: Tondl has signed a National Letter of Intent to play soccer on an athletic scholarship at Texas A&M University this fall.