High-SchoolPlayer-of-the-Year: Omaha Marian

Eye on POY: Nebraska girls soccer

May, 18, 2012
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.

Paige Nielsen
Senior forward/midfielder, Southeast (Lincoln, Neb.)

2012 Team record: 18-2
2012 Team standing: Lost Class A state championship game

2012 Goals: 38
2012 Assists: 11
Career goals: 79
Career assists: 36

Academics: A average
Collegiate destination: University of North Carolina

How she’s played herself into the State POY conversation: Averaged 2.5 points per game this season. 2011 Lincoln Journal Star First Team Super State selection. Two-time Class A First Team All-State honoree. No. 116 ranked recruit in Class of 2012 as rated by ESPNHS.

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