Thursday, May 17, 2012
Eye on POY: Hawaii girls soccer
By Eric Snyder
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.
Lexi Felix Senior goalkeeper, Iolani School (Honolulu, Hawaii)
2012 Team record: 18-1-3
2012 Team standing: Lost Division I state championship game
Academics: B average
Collegiate destination: Augsburg College (Minneapolis, Minn.)
How she’s played herself into the State POY conversation: Allowed just 0.4 goals per game this season. 2012 Honolulu Star Advertiser First Team All-State selection. Two-time Interscholastic League of Hawaii All-Star. Arizona Soccer Showcase Most Valuable Player.
Carly Neal Senior forward/midfielder, Kamehameha School (Honolulu, Hawaii)
2012 Team record: 13-1-1
2012 Team standing: Division I state champions
2012 Goals: 13
2012 Assists: 12
Academics: A-minus average
Collegiate destination: University of Texas-San Antonio
How she’s played herself into the State POY conversation: Averaged 1.6 points per game this season. 2012 Honolulu Star-Advertiser Player of the Year. 2012 Division I All-Tournament Team selection. Two-time Interscholastic League of Hawaii All-Star.
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 2011-12 campaign.
Vanessa Cabilan: Senior defender, Kamehameha School (Honolulu, Hawaii)
Kama Pascua: Junior forward, Iolani School (Honolulu, Hawaii)
TJ Reyno: Junior forward/midfielder, Mililani (Hawaii)
Lauren Stollar: Senior midfielder, Punahou School (Honolulu, Hawaii)
Raisa Strom-Okimoto: Senior forward, Aiea (Hawaii)
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.