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Thursday, February 9, 2012
Tennessee Girls Soccer POY: Olivia Harrison

By Ben Rohrbach

A dedicated ESPNHS team managed this past fall's Gatorade State Girls Soccer Player of the Year selection process, resulting in winners based on the program's three pillars: athletic production and impact in the 2011 season, high academic achievement and exemplary personal character.

For her 21 fellow Gatorade State Fall Girls Soccer Player of the Year winners, click here.

THE WINNER: Olivia Harrison

THE BASICS

School: Houston (Germantown, Tenn.)
Grade: Senior
Position: Forward
Height: 5-foot-7

THE PILLARS

Athletic achievement: Harrison scored 31 goals and passed for 15 assists this past season, leading the Mustangs (18-3-2) to the Class AAA state semifinals. A two-time Memphis Commercial Appeal Best of the Preps winner, she is also a two-time All-American selection by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America and a two-time Tennessee High School Soccer Coaches Association Player of the Year. Harrison led Houston to the 2010 Class AAA state title and concluded her prep career with 106 goals and 65 assists.

Academic excellence: Harrison has maintained a 3.02 GPA in the classroom.

Exemplary character: A member of the Houston High Science Club, she has volunteered locally at an animal shelter, as a youth leader at her church and with the U.S Youth Soccer TOPSoccer program serving young athletes with disabilities.

THE PRAISE

“Olivia Harrison has the ability to take over entire games and do anything necessary for her team to win,” said Germantown head coach Matt Sugg. “The runs she makes as a striker are precise and calculated, but she also has the ability to find gaps in a defense and take immediate advantage of their faults.”

THE FUTURE: Harrison has signed a National Letter of Intent to play soccer on an athletic scholarship at the University of Mississippi beginning this fall.