High-SchoolPlayer-of-the-Year: Jenna Roering

Minnesota Girls Soccer POY: Jenna Roering

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: Jenna Roering


School: Centennial (Circle Pines, Minn.)
Grade: Junior
Position: Forward
Height: 5-foot-8


Athletic achievement: Roering scored 34 goals and passed for 12 assists this past season, leading the Cougars (18-2-2) to the Class AA state semifinals. A member of the U.S. Soccer Under-17 Women’s National Team player pool, she is a two-time Minnesota State High School Soccer Coaches Association Class AA First Team All-State selection and a two-time Class AA All-State Tournament Team honoree. Roering has 70 goals and 26 assists to this point in her prep career.

Academic excellence: Roering has maintained a 3.39 GPA in the classroom.

Exemplary character: She has volunteered locally as a youth soccer coach and mentor, as part of area food drives for the needy and as a peer promoter of healthy eating in the Centennial High cafeteria.

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Eye on POY: Minnesota 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.

Kylie Schwarz
Junior midfielder, Wayzata (Minneapolis, Minn.)

2011 Team record: 18-2-2 (Class AA)
2011 Team standing: Class AA state champions

2011 Goals: 8
2011 Assists: 6
2011 Points per game: 0.64
Career goals: 26
Career assists: 23

Academics: B-plus average
Collegiate destination: University of Wisconsin

How she’s played herself into the State POY conversation: Notched two goals in the Trojans’ six-game road to the state title; also helped a defense that allowed just three goals in the postseason. 2011 NSCAA All-Region V selection. 2011 Region II Olympic Development Program member. Two-time Minnesota State High School Soccer Coaches Association Class AA All-State selection. No. 50 ranked recruit in Class of 2013 as rated by ESPNHS.

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