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: Carson Pickett
School: St. John’s Country Day School
(Orange Park, Fla.)
Athletic achievement: Pickett led the Spartans to a 23-2-2 record and the Class 1A state title this past season. She scored 52 goals and passed for 36 assists, including 11 goals and seven assists in St. John’s five-game postseason run. Pickett was the 2012 Florida Dairy Farmers Female Soccer Player of the Year and the Class 1A State Player of the Year. A six-year varsity player, she concluded her prep soccer career with 150 goals and 152 assists.
Academic excellence: Pickett has maintained a B average in the classroom.
Exemplary character: A member of her local Fellowship of Christian Athletes chapter, she has volunteered locally as part of a fundraising campaign to benefit diabetes research and as a youth soccer coach.
“Carson Pickett is one of the best players I have seen,” said Tony Cuthbertson, head coach of rival Christ’s Church Academy (Jacksonville, Fla.). “She is very sound technically and capable of beating you in many ways. She is also a very unselfish playmaker who truly makes everyone around her a better player.”
THE FUTURE: Pickett has signed a National Letter of Intent to play soccer on an athletic scholarship at Florida State University this fall.