High-SchoolPlayer-of-the-Year: Juan Diego Catholic

Eye on POY: Utah girls soccer

February, 6, 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.

Emily Bruder
Junior forward, Juan Diego Catholic (South Draper, Utah)

2011 Team record: 15-3-1 (Class 3A)
2011 Team standing: Lost Class 3A state semifinals

2011 Goals: 26
2011 Assists: 18
2011 Points per game: 2.75
Career goals: 87
Career assists: 30

Academics: A-minus average
Collegiate destination: Stanford University

How she’s played herself into the State POY conversation: Scored seven goals in three postseason games for the Soaring Eagle, including a hat trick in a 3-1 win over Dixie (St. George, Utah) in the first round of the Class 3A playoffs. Recorded four hat tricks and one four-goal game on the season. Had six straight multi-goal games midway through the regular season. With 26 goals and 18 assists, was directly responsible for 68.8 percent of the Soaring Eagle’s 64 goals. 2011 U.S. Soccer Under-17 Women’s National team member. Two-time Salt Lake Tribune Class 3A Player of the Year. Three-time Class 3A First Team All-State selection. No. 59 ranked recruit in Class of 2013 as rated by ESPNHS.

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