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.
THE WINNER: Sara Coleman
School: West Jones (Laurel, Miss.)
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.
“Coleman’s speed and athletic ability set her apart,” said Craig Winship, head coach at Ridgeland (Miss.). “She has a tremendous work ethic and she’s such a good facilitator for her team.”
THE FUTURE: Coleman has signed a National Letter of Intent to play soccer on scholarship at the University of Mississippi this fall.