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

Maryland Girls Soccer POY: Ashley Spivey

February, 9, 2012
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 Spivey


School: McDonogh School (Owings Mills, Md.)
Grade: Senior
Position: Forward
Height: 5-foot-10


Athletic achievement: Spivey led the Eagles to an 18-3 record and the Independent Athletic Association of Maryland Conference A state title this past season. She scored 18 goals and passed for 16 assists, recording three goals and five assists in three postseason games. A member of the U.S. Soccer Under-18 Women’s National Team, Spivey is a three-time All-American selection by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America and a two-time Baltimore Sun All-Metro Player of the Year. She concluded her prep career with 78 goals and 59 assists.

Academic excellence: Spivey has maintained a 3.72 GPA in the classroom.

Exemplary character: She has volunteered locally as an elementary school aide, at a food bank and with Habitat for Humanity.

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Eye on POY: Maryland girls soccer

February, 4, 2012
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.

Midge Purce
Junior forward, Our Lady of Good Counsel (Olney, Md.)

2011 Team record: 19-1 (Washington Catholic Athletic Conference)
2011 Team standing: Lost WCAC tournament semifinals

2011 Goals: 30
2011 Assists: 17
2011 Points per game: 2.47
Career goals: 74
Career assists: 35

Academics: A average
Collegiate destination: HS Junior

How she’s played herself into the State POY conversation: 2011 All-Met Player of the Year as named by The Washington Post. Two-time NSCAA All-American. 2011 U.S. Soccer Under-17 National Team member. No. 132 ranked recruit in Class of 2013 as rated by ESPNHS.

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