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: Marcia Ashdown
School: Riverton (Wyo.)
Athletic achievement: Ashdown scored 29 goals and passed for six assists this past season, leading the Wolverines (8-9-2) to the Class 4A state tournament. She is a two-time First Team All-State selection and owns the school records for goals in a season (35) and career (84).
Academic excellence: Ashdown has maintained a 3.50 GPA in the classroom.
Exemplary character: A devoted member of her church youth group and a peer mentor in her school, she has volunteered locally on behalf of youth sports programs.
“Ashdown is smart and quick and you can’t let her get anywhere near the net,” said Tracy Wyant, head coach at rival Green River (Wyo.). “She’s a very dangerous threat for that team.”
THE FUTURE: Ashdown has signed a National Letter of Intent to play soccer on scholarship at the University of Wyoming this fall.