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.
Senior Midfielder, Bismarck Century High (Bismarck, ND)
2012 Team record: 7-2-3
2012 Team standing: 1st in Western Dakota Conference
2012 Goals: 6
2012 Assists: 3
2012 Points per game: 0.90
Career goals: 24
Career assists: 11
Academics: B average
Collegiate destination: University of Mary
How she’s played herself into the State POY conversation: All-State Tournament Team; Won state title in 2011; Second Team All-Conference
Senior Forward/Midfielder, Shanley High (Fargo, ND)
2012 Team record: 12-0-1
2012 Team standing: First in Eastern Dakota Conference
2012 Goals: 13
2012 Assists: 8
2012 Points per game: 1.91
Career goals: 48
Career assists: 44
Academics: B average
Collegiate destination: St. Cloud State
How she’s played herself into the State POY conversation: First Team All-State; First Team All-Conference; All-State Tournament Team.
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 2012-12 campaign.
Emily Wendorff: Junior Forward, Davies High (Fargo, ND)
Lexi Maucort: Senior Forward, Fargo South High (Fargo, ND)
Andrea Ferguson: Junior Midfielder, Bismarck High (Bismarck, ND)
Emily Christensen: Senior Midfielder, Minot High (Minot, ND)
Hannah Saville: Senior Defender, Shanley High (Fargo, ND)
Sadie Hayes: Senior Defender, Davies High (Fargo, ND)
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