High-SchoolPlayer-of-the-Year: Ashley Meier

Ohio Girls Soccer POY: Ashley Meier

February, 9, 2012
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A dedicated ESPNHS team managed this past fall's Gatorade State Girls Soccer Player of the Year selection process, resulting in winners based on the program's three pillars: athletic production and impact in the 2011 season, high academic achievement and exemplary personal character.

For her 21 fellow Gatorade State Fall Girls Soccer Player of the Year winners, click here.

THE WINNER: Ashley Meier

THE BASICS

School: Strongsville (Ohio)
Grade: Senior
Position: Midfielder/forward
Height: 5-foot-10

THE PILLARS

Athletic achievement: Meier led the Mustangs to a 21-2 record and the Division I state championship this past season. She scored 17 goals and passed for 13 assists. The 2011 National Soccer Coaches Association of America National High School Player of the Year, Meier was the Ohio Soccer Coaches Association’s Miss Soccer. A member of the U.S. Soccer Under-18 Women’s National Team, she concluded her prep career with 58 goals and 36 assists.

Academic excellence: Meier has maintained a 3.49 weighted GPA in the classroom.

Exemplary character: A member of her area’s Fellowship of Christian Athletes chapter, she has volunteered locally as a teacher’s aide, a youth soccer coach and on behalf of the Special Olympics.

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Eye on POY: Ohio girls soccer

February, 6, 2012
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The fall soccer season may have concluded, but the search for Gatorade State Girls Soccer Players of the Year 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.

Micaela Powers
Junior midfielder, Beavercreek (Ohio)

2011 Team record: 17-2-1 (Division I)
2011 Team standing: Lost Division I regional semifinals

2011 Goals: 16
2011 Assists: 7
2011 Points per game: 1.15
Career goals: 62
Career assists: 34

Academics: A-minus average
Collegiate destination: University of Wisconsin

How she’s played herself into the State POY conversation: Totaled three goals and two assists in four postseason matches for the Battling Beavers. 2011 NSCAA All-American selection. 2011 U.S. Soccer Under-17 National Team player pool. Two-time First Team All-State selection. Two-time Greater Western Ohio Conference Player of the Year. No. 11 ranked recruit in Class of 2013 as rated by ESPNHS.

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