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Thursday, February 9, 2012
Minnesota Girls Soccer POY: Jenna Roering

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: Jenna Roering

THE BASICS

School: Centennial (Circle Pines, Minn.)
Grade: Junior
Position: Forward
Height: 5-foot-8

THE PILLARS

Athletic achievement: Roering scored 34 goals and passed for 12 assists this past season, leading the Cougars (18-2-2) to the Class AA state semifinals. A member of the U.S. Soccer Under-17 Women’s National Team player pool, she is a two-time Minnesota State High School Soccer Coaches Association Class AA First Team All-State selection and a two-time Class AA All-State Tournament Team honoree. Roering has 70 goals and 26 assists to this point in her prep career.

Academic excellence: Roering has maintained a 3.39 GPA in the classroom.

Exemplary character: She has volunteered locally as a youth soccer coach and mentor, as part of area food drives for the needy and as a peer promoter of healthy eating in the Centennial High cafeteria.

THE PRAISE

“Jenna Roering is a forward who is always dangerous and can create things on her own and create for her teammates,” said Mark Obarski, head coach of Eagan (Minn.). “She has great speed and is the most dangerous forward I have seen in a long time.”

THE FUTURE: Roering has verbally committed to play soccer on an athletic scholarship at Santa Clara University beginning in the fall of 2013.