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Wednesday, May 16, 2012
Eye on POY: Alaska 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.

Aaliyah Lewis
Junior Forward, A.J. Dimond High (Anchorage, AK)

2012 Team record: 13-1-1
2012 Team standing: Plays Bartlett in regional tournament, May 17

2012 Goals: 17
2012 Assists: 3
2012 Points per game: 1.67

Academics: B-plus average
Collegiate destination: HS Junior

How she’s played herself into the State POY conversation: All-Region Selection; First Team All-Conference; Two-year varsity captain.

Ariela Lewis
Junior Midfielder, A.J. Dimond High (Anchorage, AK)

2012 Team record: 13-1-1
2012 Team standing: Plays Bartlett in regional tournament, May 17

2012 Goals: 16
2012 Assists: 4
2012 Points per game: 1.43

Academics: B-plus average
Collegiate destination: HS Junior

How she’s played herself into the State POY conversation: Recovered after losing sophomore season to ACL injury; All-Region selection

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.

Solana Ashe: Senior Midfielder, Juneau-Douglas High (Juneau, AK)
Morgan Hooe: Junior Midfielder, South Anchorage High (Anchorage, AK)
Taylor Bomar: Senior Midfielder, Service High (Anchorage, AK)
Alexis Rogers: Senior Defender, A.J. Dimond High (Anchorage, AK)
Katelyn Zanders: Senior Forward, South Anchorage High (Anchorage, AK)
Sarah Johnson: Senior Goalkeeper, South Anchorage High (Anchorage, AK)
Holly Brehmer:  Sophomore Midfielder, Chugiak High (Chugiak, AK)

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.