High-SchoolPlayer-of-the-Year: Padua Academy

Delaware Girls Soccer POY: Casey Horney

May, 23, 2012
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: Casey Horney


School: Padua Academy (City, State)
Grade: Senior
Position: Forward/midfielder
Height: 5-foot-6


Athletic achievement: Horney led the Pandas to a 14-0-1 record entering a state-tournament match against St. George’s (Middletown, Del.), scheduled for Wednesday. She scored 10 goals and passed for 19 assists through 15 games. Horney is a three-time All-State selection.

Academic excellence: Horney has maintained a 3.49 GPA in the classroom.

Exemplary character: She has volunteered locally on behalf of the Blue-Gold Club, which raises funds and organizes activities for special needs students.

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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.

Casey Horney
Senior Forward/Midfielder, Padua Academy (Wilmington, DE)

2012 Team record: 12-0-1
2012 Team standing: State tournament begins May 22

2012 Goals: 10
2012 Assists: 15
2012 Points per game: 1.92
Career goals: 57
Career assists: 47

Academics: A average
Collegiate destination: Delaware

How she’s played herself into the State POY conversation: First Team All-State; Padua Academy leading scorer every year of varsity career; Three-time All-Conference.

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