Virginia Girls' Soccer POY

Updated: August 25, 2008, 4:58 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 BROOK CHANG of BISHOP O'CONNELL HIGH in Arlington as its 2007-08 Virginia Girls' Soccer Player of the Year.

The senior forward scored 23 goals and passed for 12 assists this season, leading the Knights (17-4-3) to the Washington Catholic Athletic Conference championship game, where they fell to St. John's College High (D.C.), 3-0. A First Team All-Met selection as named by the Washington Post and a two-time First Team All-WCAC honoree, Chang concluded her career with 80 goals and 27 assists.

Chang has maintained a 3.98 GPA in the classroom. She volunteers as part of multiple community-service initiatives on behalf of the National Honor Society and Spanish National Honor Society in addition to mentoring youth athletes as a soccer instructor and organizing fundraising efforts for Bishop O'Connell athletics.

"She's one of the most technical kids in the country," said Mike Calabretta, Chang's club coach with the Reston Football Club United. "She'll beat you with her first two steps. She just has a soccer brain. With the amount of stuff that she handles, she's like a pro."

Chang will play soccer at Cornell University this fall.