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Monday, May 14, 2012
Eye on POY: Wyoming 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.

Marcia Ashdown
Senior Forward, Riverton High (Riverton, WY)

2012 Team record: 8-7-2
2012 Team standing: First round of state tournament begins May 17

2012 Goals: 29
2012 Assists: 6
2012 Points per game: 2.06
Career goals: 84
Career assists: 19

Academics: A average
Collegiate destination: Wyoming

How she’s played herself into the State POY conversation: State's leading scorer; Two-time First Team All-State; Scored 67.4 percent of Riverton's goals.

Christie Schiel
Senior Midfielder, Cheyenne Central HS (Cheyenne, WY)

2012 Team record: 10-5-2
2012 Team standing: First round of state tournament begins May 17

2012 Goals: 8
2012 Assists: 7
2012 Points per game: 0.88
Career goals: 35
Career assists: 17

Academics: A average
Collegiate destination: Montana State (for cross country/track and field)

How she’s played herself into the State POY conversation: Two-time First Team All-State; Two-time all-region.

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.

Rickie Ryan: Senior Forward, Sheridan High (Sheridan, WY)
Brittany Lacek: Senior Forward, Campbell County High (Gillette, WY)
Rachel Erickson: Sophomore Forward, Cheyenne East High (Cheyenne, WY)
Bridget Schumacher: Senior Midfielder, Cody High (Cody, WY)
Laura Stamp: Senior Midfielder, Natrona County High (Casper, WY)
Michelle McGeary: Junior Midfielder, Campbell County High (Gillette, WY)
Morgan Wyant: Junior Midfielder, Green River High (Green River, WY)

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.