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Friday, August 22, 2008
Updated: August 25, 5:10 PM ET
Maryland Girls' Soccer Player of the Year

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In its third decade of honoring the nation's best high school athletes, Gatorade joined with RISE Magazine to name senior midfielder CHRISTINE NAIRN of ARCHBISHOP SPALDING HIGH in Severn as its 2007-08 Maryland Girls' Soccer Player of the Year.

The state's returning Gatorade Girls Soccer Player of the Year, Nairn scored 27 goals and passed for 13 assists this past fall, leading the Cavaliers (18-2-1) to the Interscholastic Athletic Association of Maryland Class A semifinals. The 5-foot-5 senior central midfielder recorded three hat tricks and five more multi-goal games this fall despite being pulled early from a number of lopsided victories. A two-time PARADE All-American, Nairn is a member of the player pool with the United States Soccer Federation Under-17 National Team.

Nairn has maintained a 3.45 GPA in the classroom. An active member of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, she has donated her time to the Special Olympics as well as a local retirement community and as a youth soccer instructor. She also volunteers as part of multiple community-service initiatives on behalf of the National Honor Society, in addition to mentoring younger students.

"Using her knowledge of the game and making use of her incredible passing, dribbling and shooting skills, she makes everyone around her better," said Archbishop Spalding High head coach Bob Dieterle. "She drew constant double- and triple-teams, and her stats do not completely reflect her value to her team. She reads the field, the game, her opponent and her teammates better than any player I have ever seen."

Nairn has verbally committed to a soccer scholarship at Penn State University this fall.