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Friday, May 11, 2012
Eye on POY: Mississippi girls soccer


The window on the Gatorade State Girls Soccer Player of the Year race is closing, and the search for elite student-athletes is in full swing. The award recognizes not only athletic excellence, but also high standards of academic achievement and exemplary character demonstrated on and off the field. Here are two top candidates who meet the basic award criteria as determined by our ESPNHS team that administers the program’s selection process.

Sara Coleman
Senior Midfielder, West Jones High (Laurel, MS)

2012 Team record: 17-3-3
2012 Team standing: Lost to Ridgeland in Class 5A state final, 2-0

2012 Goals: 33
2012 Assists: 21
2012 Points per game: 2.57
Career goals: 158
Career assists: 107

Academics: A average
Collegiate destination: Mississippi

How she’s played herself into the State POY conversation: Named Mississippi Miss Soccer by Clarion-Ledger; Four-time First Team All-State selection; Ranked No. 80 senior by ESPNHS.

Marion Crowder
Junior Forward, Madison Central High (Madison, MS)

2012 Team record: 18-3-2
2012 Team standing: Lost to Tupelo in Class 6A state semifinals, 1-0

2012 Goals: 21
2012 Assists: 9
2012 Points per game: 1.58
Career goals: 63
Career assists: 23

Academics: A average
Collegiate destination: Georgia (verbal)

How she’s played herself into the State POY conversation: First Team All-State; Ranked No. 69 junior by ESPNHS; Won state titles in 2010, 2011.

Make no mistake, the Gatorade State Girls Soccer Player of the Year race isn’t over yet. Time remains for one standout student-athlete among thousands to rise to the top of our list. Here are some more of many who’ve been in the conversation throughout the 2012-12 campaign.

Kat Stratton: Junior Goalkeeper, Tupelo High (Tupelo, MS)
Hailey Brohaugh: Junior Midfielder, Madison Central High (Madison, MS)
Addie Forbus: Junior Forward, Amory High (Amory, MS)
Jordan Duncan: Senior Forward, Bay High (Bay St. Louis, MS)

Think we're missing a deserving Gatorade State Player of the Year candidate in your state? Let us know via e-mail at ESPNHS_GPOY@ESPN.com.