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Eye on POY: Michigan girls soccer

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.

Ally Krause

Senior forward, Canton (Plymouth, Mich.)

2012 Team record: 8-2-3 (Division 1)

2012 Team standing: Regular season ends May 21

2012 Goals: 16

2012 Assists: 5

Career goals: 50

Career assists: 20

Academics: B average

Collegiate destination: Michigan State University

How she’s played herself into the State POY conversation: Averaging 1.6 points per game this season. 2011 First Team All-State selection. 2010 Second Team All-State selection. Two-time All-District honoree.

Mallory Weber

Senior forward, Northville (Mich.)

2012 Team record: 12-0-4 (Division 1)

2012 Team standing: Regular season ends May 21

2012 Goals: 17

2012 Assists: 13

Career goals: 60

Career assists: 28

Academics: A average

Collegiate destination: Penn State University

How she’s played herself into the State POY conversation: Averaging 1.9 points per game this season. Two-time Division I First Team All-State selection. No. 65 ranked recruit in Class of 2012 as rated by ESPNHS.

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 2011-12 campaign.

Megan Buckingham: Sophomore midfielder, Northville (Mich.)

Leah Haidar: Senior midfielder, Crestwood (Dearborn Heights, Mich.)

Madi Lewis: Junior forward, Plymouth (Canton, Mich.)

Ashton Miller: Sophomore midfielder, Okemos (Mich.)

Taylore Peterson: Senior midfielder, Portage Central (Portage, Mich.)

Think we're missing a deserving Gatorade State Player of the Year candidate in your state? Let us know via e-mail at ESPNHS_GPOY@ESPN.com.