Nebraska Girls' Soccer Player of the Year

Updated: August 25, 2008, 5:08 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 forward MOLLY THOMAS of MILLARD NORTH HIGH in Omaha as its 2007-08 Nebraska Girls' Soccer Player of the Year.

The state's returning Gatorade Girls Soccer Player of the Year, Thomas scored 35 goals and passed for eight assists this season, leading the Mustangs to an 18-1 record and the Class A state championship. Thomas scored both goals in the 2-1 win over Omaha Westside for the state title. A two-time First Team All-State selection, the 5-foot-5 senior forward recorded 82 goals and 17 assists in her career. She is also a member of the United States Youth Soccer Olympic Development Program Region II team.

Thomas has maintained a 3.35 GPA in the classroom. She volunteers as part of multiple community-service initiatives on behalf of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes in addition to donating her time to Grace Abbot Elementary School, designing reading, literacy and math curricula for classrooms.

"Molly definitely impacts the game, not only with her athleticism but with her work ethic," said Mark Sheldon, a coach with the USYS ODP Region II team. "She's an impact-type kid. Her speed is what allows her to be successful. But she also brings something more than just that to the game."

Thomas has signed a National Letter of Intent to play soccer at the University of Nebraska this fall.