High-SchoolPlayer-of-the-Year: Paula Hagopian

Connecticut Girls Soccer POY: Paula Hagopian

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: Paula Hagopian


School: Kingswood Oxford School
(West Hartford, Conn.)
Grade: Senior
Position: Forward
Height: 5-foot-4


Athletic achievement: Hagopian scored 13 goals and passed for 10 assists this past season, leading the Wyverns to a 5-7-2 record. Also the 2011 Connecticut Soccer Coaches Association Player of the Year and a two-time All-American selection by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America, she led Kingswood Oxford to the 2010 New England Prep School Athletic Council Class B championship. Hagopian concluded her prep soccer career with 56 goals and 35 assists.

Academic excellence: Hagopian has maintained a 3.73 GPA in the classroom.

Exemplary character: The first chair clarinet player in the Kingswood Oxford school band, she has volunteered locally as a peer tutor and at an area homeless shelter and food bank.

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Eye on POY: Connecticut girls soccer

February, 3, 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.

Sarah McCauley
Sophomore forward, Chase Collegiate School (Waterbury, Conn.)

2011 Team record: 15-3-1
2011 Team standing: Lost in New England Prep School Athletic Council Class D semifinals

2011 Goals: 35
2011 Assists: 15
2011 Points per game: 2.78
Career goals: 64
Career assists: 32

Academics: A average
Collegiate destination: HS Sophomore

How she’s played herself into the State POY conversation: Had a direct hand in 50 of Chase’s 59 goals (84.7 percent) this past season. Amassed five goals and five assists in two games as Chase won the Housatonic Valley Athletic League tournament title. 2011 NSCAA All-New England selection. Two-time NEPSAC Class D All-Star.

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