Missouri Girls' Soccer Player of the Year

Updated: August 25, 2008, 5:09 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 MOLLY CAMPBELL of SAINT TERESA'S ACADEMY in Kansas City as its 2007-08 Missouri Girls' Soccer Player of the Year.

The senior midfielder scored 12 goals and passed for 22 assists, leading the Stars to a 20-2 record and to the Class 2, District 15 championship game against Blue Springs, scheduled for May 15. A member of the United States Youth Soccer Olympic Development Program Region II team, Campbell had totaled 27 goals and 60 assists in her career at the time of her selection.

Campbell has maintained a 4.18 GPA in the classroom. The sports editor and copy editor for the school yearbook-for which she has won Missouri Interscholastic Press Association Journalism awards for design, coverage and overall publication-she volunteers as part of multiple community-service initiatives, organizing inner-city youth arts programs on behalf of the Saint Teresa's Academy Art Club and participating in fundraisers to benefit AIDS research. Campbell also donates her time to Saint Vincent's Operation Breakthrough, a non-profit family service center.

"Molly's a fantastic dribbler, more of a creative player," said Richard Davies, Campbell's club coach with the KCFC Alliance Jazz. "She's a central midfielder; the whole package from that standpoint. She brings people into the game."

Campbell has signed a National Letter of Intent to play soccer at the University of Notre Dame this fall.