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Wednesday, May 23, 2012
South Carolina Girls Soccer POY: Stephanie DeVita

By Ben Rohrbach

A dedicated ESPNHS team managed this spring's Gatorade Girls Soccer Player of the Year selection process, resulting in winners based on the program's three pillars: athletic production and impact in the 2012 season, high academic achievement and exemplary personal character.

For her 27 fellow Gatorade State Spring Girls Soccer Player of the Year winners, click here.
For the 22 Gatorade State Fall Girls Soccer Player of the Year winners, click here.

THE WINNER: Stephanie DeVita

THE BASICS

School: Hillcrest (Simpsonville, S.C.)
Grade: Senior
Position: Midfielder
Height: 5-foot-7

THE PILLARS

Athletic achievement: The two-time returning Gatorade South Carolina Girls Soccer Player of the Year, DeVita recorded 44 goals and nine assists this past season, leading the Rams (16-9) to the Class 4A state quarterfinals. A two-time Class 4A First Team All-State selection, she recorded eight hat tricks and 14 multi-goal games as a senior. DeVita concluded her prep soccer career with a school-record 105 goals as well as 29 assists.

Academic excellence: DeVita has maintained a 4.30 weighted GPA in the classroom.

Exemplary character: A member of her local Fellowship of Christian Athletes chapter, she has volunteered locally as a youth soccer coach.

THE PRAISE

“Stephanie DeVita is an extremely strong player and a huge threat with and without the ball,” said Scott Taylor, head coach of rival Dorman (Roebuck, S.C.). “While dribbling the ball she was still faster than my entire team. She can shoot from anywhere with anyone on her, dribble with intense speed and make smart and productive runs off the ball.”

THE FUTURE: DeVita has signed a National Letter of Intent to play soccer on an athletic scholarship at Furman University this fall.