Colorado Girls' Soccer Player of the Year

Updated: August 25, 2008, 5:46 PM ET
ESPNRISE.com

In its third decade of honoring the nation's best high school athletes, Gatorade joined with RISE Magazine to name senior midfielder BETH WEST of GRANDVIEW HIGH in Aurora as its 2007-08 Colorado Girls' Soccer Player of the Year.

The 5-foot-2 senior midfielder had scored 16 goals and passed for 21 assists this spring, leading the Wolves to a 16-1-1 record and the Class 5A postseason tournament semifinals against Cherry Creek, scheduled for May 17. A member of the United States Soccer Federation Under-17 Women's National Team, West had recorded 26 goals and 33 assists in her career at the time of her selection. She also led her club team, Real Colorado National, to the United States Youth Soccer National Championship in 2006.



West has maintained a 3.67 GPA in the classroom. In addition to working as a hostess and waitress at a local restaurant, she participates in multiple community-service initiatives, volunteering on behalf of David Clifton Ministries-an inner-city mission for the homeless in Denver-and donating her time as an instructor with "Footability," a soccer training program focused on developing youth players' skills.

"The first impression is that she's small, but she plays like she's 6-foot-3 or 6-4," said Lorne Donaldson, Director of Coaching with the Real Colorado National soccer club. "She's like a point guard in basketball. Ask her to distribute, she'll do that. Ask her to score more, she'll do that. She's smart enough to adjust to the game."

West has signed a National Letter of Intent to play soccer at Texas A&M University this fall.