Texas Girls' Soccer Player of the Year

Updated: August 25, 2008, 5:03 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 ASHLEY RAPE of GREENHILL SCHOOL in Addison as its 2007-08 Texas Girls' Soccer Player of the Year.

The 5-foot-8 senior midfielder scored 17 goals and passed for 21 assists this season, leading the Hornets (18-3) to a third-place finish in the Southwest Preparatory Conference Division I championships. A two-time All-American as named by PARADE Magazine, Rape concluded her career with 63 goals and 36 assists. She is also a member of the United States Soccer Federation Under-18 Women's National Team.



Rape has maintained a 3.5 GPA in the classroom. The sports editor and senior copy editor of Greenhill's student newspaper, she also volunteers on behalf of the Spanish Honor Society, the Greenhill Volunteering Everyday (GIVE) community service club and the school's Another Perspective Club, promoting diversity in the Addison area. Rape also donates her time to Bryan's House, an organization devoted to providing medically managed childcare for youngsters with HIV and AIDS in Dallas.

"Ashley has put an exorbitant amount of time into her game, and that's why she is where she is," said Kenny Medina, Rape's club coach with the Dallas Sting. "It says a lot for a kid who can be on the national team as long as she has, and she's maintained it."

Rape has signed a National Letter of Intent to play soccer at Duke University this fall.