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.
For her 27 fellow Gatorade State Spring Girls Soccer Player of the Year winners, click here.
For the 22 Gatorade State Fall Girls Soccer Player of the Year winners, click here.
THE WINNER: Madi Lewis
School: Plymouth (Canton, Mich.)
Athletic achievement: Lewis led the Wildcats to a 12-2-3 record entering this week’s regular-season contest against Waterford Mott (Waterford Township, Mich.), scheduled for May Wednesday. She scored 21 goals and passed for 23 assists through 17 games, including seven multi-goal performances in her first year of playing high school soccer. A member of the U.S. Soccer Under-17 Women’s National Team, Lewis is the No. 17-rated recruit in the Class of 2013 by ESPNHS.
Academic excellence: Lewis has maintained a 3.83 GPA in the classroom.
Exemplary character: A member of the Washtenaw County 4-H Club, she has volunteered locally with the Michigan Humane Society and as a peer English tutor.
“Madi Lewis is the best player I have seen this year,” said Dave Hebestreit, head coach of rival Churchill (Livonia, Mich.). “Our entire game-plan was to eliminate service into her, knowing if we did that the rest of the team would not hurt us as much as she could.”
THE FUTURE: Lewis has verbally committed to play soccer on an athletic scholarship at the University of Michigan beginning in the fall of 2013.