Louisiana Girls' Soccer Player of the Year

Updated: August 25, 2008, 5:36 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 KELLIE MURPHY of SAINT THOMAS MORE CATHOLIC HIGH in Lafayette as its 2007-08 Louisiana Girls' Soccer Player of the Year.

The 5-foot-3 senior midfielder scored 22 goals and passed for 17 assists this spring, leading the Cougars (27-0-2) to the Division I state championship. A three-time First Team All-State selection and the 2008 Division I All-State Most Valuable Player, Murphy scored a school-record 44 goals as a sophomore, when Saint Thomas More won the 2006 Division II state crown. She also carried her club team, the Cajun Soccer Club Rage, to four United States Youth Soccer State Cup titles in the past seven years.



Murphy has maintained a 3.77 GPA in the classroom. An active member of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, she volunteers on behalf of multiple community-service initiatives, participating in the American Cancer Society's Relay for Life, organizing fundraising efforts for the installation of drinking wells in Africa and donating her time to local nursing homes.

"She's an outstanding player and she works extremely hard both ways," said Henrik Madsen, head coach of rival Dominican High. "Usually players that good only go one way, but she was as good going back as she was going forward. There aren't many individual players we had to game-plan against, but we had to against her."

Murphy has signed a National Letter of Intent to play soccer at Louisiana State University this fall.