High-SchoolPlayer-of-the-Year: Zoey Goralski

Eye on POY: Illinois girls soccer

May, 17, 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.

Zoey Goralski
Junior forward/defender, Neuqua Valley (Naperville, Ill.)

2012 Team record: 15-4-2
2012 Team standing: Class 3A regional final vs. Waubonsie Valley on Friday

2012 Goals: 13
2012 Assists: 9
Career goals: 37
Career assists: 26

Academics: A-minus average
Collegiate destination: UCLA (verbal)

How she’s played herself into the State POY conversation: Averaging 1.2 points per game through 20 games this season. U.S. Soccer Under-17 Women’s National Team member 2011 NSCAA All-American. No. 9 ranked recruit in Class of 2013 as rated by ESPNHS.

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