West Virginia Girls' Soccer POY

Updated: August 25, 2008, 4:37 PM ET
ESPNRISE.com

In its third decade of honoring the nation's best high school athletes, Gatorade joined with RISE Magazine to name junior defender MEGAN JOHNSON of GEORGE WASHINGTON HIGH in Charleston as its 2007-08 West Virginia Girls' Soccer Player of the Year.

The 5-foot-8 junior sweeper anchored a defense that allowed just 14 goals and recorded 13 shutouts this past fall, leading the Patriots (19-4-2) to the Class AAA state semifinals. Johnson is the first defender ever to win the West Virginia Sports Writers Association's Player of the Year award. She also earned West Virginia High School Soccer Coaches Association's Group AAA Player of the Year honors.

Johnson has maintained a 3.36 GPA in the classroom. She participates in multiple community-service initiatives, volunteering as a soccer instructor at the West Virginia Chaos Girls Summer Camp.

"When you watch our team, she definitely stands outand we have a pretty good team," said George Washington head coach Laura Barber. "You'd like to have two or three more like her, because it's not all about her. She just goes out, plays her game and plays it well. She always gives 100 percent in practice and in the game. She's a great all-around young lady."

Johnson will begin her senior year of high school this fall and remains undecided upon a collegiate destination.