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: Kaela Little
School: Bishop Kelley (Tulsa, Okla.)
Athletic achievement: Little recorded 12 shutouts and allowed just seven goals this past season, leading the Comets (17-0) to the Class 6A state title and a No. 5 ranking nationally in the ESPNHS Fab 50. An All-American selection by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America, she was also named to the Tulsa World All-Metro Team.
Academic excellence: Little has maintained a 4.47 GPA in the classroom.
Exemplary character: She has volunteered locally on behalf of Habitat for Humanity, the March of Dimes and youth soccer programs.
“Little is a great shot stopper and a great, great soccer player overall,” said Jake Kurey, head coach at Putnam City North (Oklahoma City, Okla.). “She has an ability to play with the ball at her feet that sets her apart from most goalkeepers. She’s like a field player in goal.”
THE FUTURE: Little will begin her senior year of high school this fall.