High-SchoolPlayer-of-the-Year: Sara Coleman

Mississippi Girls Soccer POY: Sara Coleman

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: Sara Coleman


School: West Jones (Laurel, Miss.)
Grade: Senior
Position: Midfielder
Height: 5-foot-4


Athletic achievement: Coleman scored 33 goals and passed for 21 assists this past season, leading the Mustangs (17-3-3) to the Class 5A state championship game. She is a four-time First Team All-State selection and was named Miss Soccer by the Clarion-Ledger.

Academic excellence: Coleman has maintained a 3.74 average in the classroom.

Exemplary character: A member of her school’s student council, she has volunteered as a math tutor and has raised funds to benefit the American Heart Association and the Muscular Dystrophy Association.

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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.

Sara Coleman
Senior Midfielder, West Jones High (Laurel, MS)

2012 Team record: 17-3-3
2012 Team standing: Lost to Ridgeland in Class 5A state final, 2-0

2012 Goals: 33
2012 Assists: 21
2012 Points per game: 2.57
Career goals: 158
Career assists: 107

Academics: A average
Collegiate destination: Mississippi

How she’s played herself into the State POY conversation: Named Mississippi Miss Soccer by Clarion-Ledger; Four-time First Team All-State selection; Ranked No. 80 senior by ESPNHS.

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