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Girls' Soccer Athlete of the Year
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Girls' Soccer Athlete of the Year

 

2000

Ashley Sherbondy
Colorado Springs Christian School, Colorado Springs, Colorado

Sherbondy was a defensive standout, marking her opponents' top forwards as a middle defender and also playing the outside back and center back positions. She was a First team All-League selection and a member of the Colorado Springs All-Metro All-Star Team, and also stars for the Pride Elite under-18 traveling team. She also was one of 34 elite players nationwide selected to help run camps that travel around the Women's World Cup schedule as part of the organization Uncharted Waters. A three-sport athlete, Sherbondy also was a member of the cross country and basketball teams. "Athletes like Ashley Sherbondy are among the success stories produced in high school athletics today," NHSCA executive director Bob Ferraro said. "She has worked extremely hard to develop her skills and has become one of the best athletes not only in the state of Colorado, but the entire nation, and we are proud to be honoring her."  Sherbondy also was outstanding in the classroom. The National Honor Society member graduated No. 1 in her class of 107 with a perfect 4.0 grade-point average, and scored 28 on the ACT and 1190 on the SAT. She was Student Government president as a senior, and was a volunteer for Habitat for Humanity and Bibles for the World. She will attend Covenant College in the fall.

 

2001

Mary McDowell
Wheat Ridge High School, Wheat Ridge, Colorado

"Athletes like Mary McDowell are among the success stories produced in high school athletics today," NHSCA executive director Bob Ferraro said. "She has worked extremely hard to develop her skills and has become one of the best soccer players not only in the state of Colorado, but the entire nation, and we are proud to be honoring her." McDowell was named the Gatorade National Player of the Year after scoring 21 goals and adding 12 assists this season as a center midfielder. A versatile athlete, McDowell competes for Wheat Ridge High in four sports: soccer, basketball, cross country, and track. Also an outstanding student, McDowell stands No. 1 in her class and holds a 4.0 grade-point average.  

 

2002

Jill Oakes
Harvard-Westlake High School, North Hollywood, California

"Athletes like Jill Oakes are among the success stories produced in high school athletics today," NHSCA executive director Bob Ferraro said. "She has worked extremely hard to develop her skills and has become one of the best soccer players not only in the state of California, but the entire nation, and we are proud to be honoring her." Oakes was named the Gatorade National Player of the Year after scoring 21 goals and adding 13 assists this season as a defender, leading Harvard-Westlake High to its second consecutive CIF Southern Section Division IV title. She was named the Division IV Defensive Player of the Yerar as a junior and the Mission League's Most Valuable Player this season. Oakes, also the captain of the school's cheering squad, holds a 3.17 grade-point average and earned a scholarship to UCLA.    

 

2003

Heather O'Reilly
East Brunswick High School, East Brunswick, New Jersey

"Very few athletes are so dominant on the high school level that they can make an immediate impact collegiately or even internationally, but Heather O'Reilly is clearly one of those athletes," said NHSCA executive director Bob Ferraro. "The NHSCA is proud to recognize Heather O'Reilly as the National High School Senior Girls Athlete of the Year." O'Reilly has completed a virtual clean sweep by winning at least four national player of the year awards following her senior season at East Burnswick High. During her career at East Brunswick, O'Reilly scored 136 goals in four prep seasons. Already a member of the United States National Team at age 18, O'Reilly she scored 21 goals and had 13 assists while leading the U.S. under-19 squad to a world championship in summer of 2002. The 5-foot 4-inch forward will play collegiately at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

 

2004

Ashlyn Harris

Satellite High School, Satellite Beach, Florida

The girls' soccer award winner is Ashlyn Harris, a goalkeeper from  Harris, who will attend North Carolina University at Chapel Hill, gave up no goals in 50 of 65 games played over her four-year prep career. She had a goals-against average of .29 for her career in leading Satellite to three state finals games and two titles. Harris was named a Florida player of the year times, and pulled double duty by also contributing to the United States 19-under national team while in high school.

 

2005

Amy Rodriguez
Santa Margarita Catholic High School, Rancho Santa Margarita, California

The 5-foot-3 forward scored 11 goals and had eight assists as a senior, leading Santa Margarita Catholic High to a 17-2-3 record. Voted the Gatorade National Player of the Year, she also was a two-time Parade All-American and a two-time National Soccer Coaches Association of America First Team member. She was the only high school player to be a starter on the U.S. Women's National Team that won the gold medal in the FIFA Under-19 World Championships. She also excelled in the classroom, earning a 3.4 GPA, and will attend the University of Southern California.

 

2006

Lauren Cheney
Ben Davis High School, Indianapolis, Indiana

The 5-foot-8 forward scored 35 goals and added 15 assists as a senior, finishing her career with 112 goals and 67 assists. The Gatorade National Player of the Year, she also was a Parade All-American and the NSCAA Player of the Year. Cheney was the Indianapolis Star Player of the Year, a four-time All-State selection and a three-time NSCAA All-American. The youngest member of the U.S. Under-21 National Team last summer, Cheney scored two goals and had four assists to help the U.S. win a record seventh consecutive Nordic Cup international title. She will attend UCLA.  

 

2007

Hannah Cerrone
Roy C. Ketcham High School, Wappingers Falls, New York

Cerrone stands just 5-foot-5, but the midfielder played big for Ketcham, scoring 29 goals - six of those coming in the state playoffs - and 11 assists to lead her team to an 18-3-3 record and the Class AA regional final as a senior. A six-year varsity starter, Cerrone was selected the NSCAA/adidas High School Player of the Year. Also the state's Gatorade Player of the Year, Cerrone is a Parade All-American, a two-time NSCAA All-American and a member of the United States Soccer Federation's Under-17 National Team. She also excelled on the basketball court, averaging more than 20 points per game in the backcourt. She will attend Boston College.  

 

2008

Christine Nairn
Archbishop Spalding High School, Severn, Maryland

The three-time Parade magazine All-American needed just three seasons to become her school's all-time leading scorer, then extended those marks as a senior, when the midfielder scored 27 goals and 13 assists. In her career, she racked up 70 goals and 37 assists in just 79 games. The Penn State University commitment, who also was a three-year starter on the girls basketball team, led the Cavaliers to an Interscholastic Athletic Association of Maryland Conference Class A runnerup finish as a sophomore, the championship as a junior and a semifinal berth this season, with a record of 37-2-3 over her final two seasons. The 5-foot-5 Nairn was a two-time NSCAA/adidas All-American and the state's Gatorade Player of the Year as a junior. A member of the USSF Women's Under-17 National Team, she also was MVP of the 2006 Nike Premier 50 camp.

 

2009

Natalia Torosian
Lenape High School, Medford, New Jersey

A two-time National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA)/adidas Girls High School All-American, Torosian tallied 11 goals and 17 assists to lead Lenape to a 25-0-0 record, a second straight Group 4 championship and the Newark Star-Ledger Trophy as the No. 1 team in the state. She was named the Star-Ledger Player of the Year and the Philadelphia Inquirer South Jersey Player of the Year, and was a three-time All-State selection. Also an ESPN RISE All-America First Team selection last fall, Torosian finished her career with 42 goals and 38 assists. A member of the New Jersey Olympic Developmental Program Under-17 Team that claimed the 2007 U.S. Youth Soccer title and won the Region 1 Tournament and reached the national championship match in 2008, Torosian will attend the University of Florida.  

 

2010

Kealia Ohai
Alta High School, Sandy, Utah

A two-time NSCAA/ADIDAS First Team All-American, Ohai was named the NSCAA Player of the Year as a senior, and is a three-time Gatorade Utah Player of the Year. Ohai burst onto the scene as a freshman, scoring 28 goals, the most of any 5A player that fall, to lead Alta to the first of a state-record four straight state championships. With Ohai in the lineup, Alta finished 74-5-1 over that span, and finished this season ranked No. 30 in the ESPN RISE Fab 50. In her career, Ohai led 5A or the entire state in scoring all four years, finishing her career with 126 goals. She scored 34 goals and added 13 assists last fall, and was named Miss Soccer by the Deseret News and the 5A Most Valuable Player by the Salt Lake Tribune. A member of the U.S. Soccer Federation’s Under-16 and Uuner-17 National Teams, Ohai also was a two-time state placewinner in track and field in 2008, finishing fourth in the 100 meters and seventh in the long jump. Ohai will attend the University of North Carolina.

 

2011

Morgan Brian
Frederica Academy, St. Simons Island, Georgia  

Already a two-time Parade All-American, Brian was named the magazine’s Girls Player of the Year as a junior. She is a two-time NSCAA First Team selection, a ESPN Rise Spring All-America First Team selection as a junior and a two-time Gatorade Georgia Girls Soccer Player of the Year. Brian also is the top-ranked senior in the nation according to TopDrawerSoccer.com. The midfielder has led the Knights to three consecutive independent school AA state championships, scoring 33 goals as a junior. This year, her Knights have overcome a slow start. They are 15-2-1 with 11 straight victories, and advanced to the state semifinals as Brian scored seven goals and added two assists in a 10-1 quarterfinal win. Brian is the all-time leading scorer for the Under-17 U.S. Women's National Team, and has been invited to Under-20 National Team workouts. She scored both goals in a 2-0 victory over host country Argentina in December, earning the U.S. Under-17 Team its third consecutive win. Also an outstanding student with a 3.78 GPA, she will attend the University of Virginia.

 

2012

Ashley Spivey
The McDonogh School,Owings Mills, Maryland

A rare three-time selection to the NSCAA High School All-America Team, the 5-foot-10 Spivey was a forward in her first two years at McDonogh, recording 45 goals and 26 assists to earn First Team All-Metro status in both seasons. When Spivey moved to central midfield for her junior season, McDonogh took off, winning Interscholastic Athletic Association of Maryland AConference championships her junior and senior seasons and finishing 18-3 last fall. She had 18 goals and 16 assists as a senior, including five goals and three assists in three post season games. She finished her career with 85 goals and 57 assists,and earned back-to-back All-Metro Player of the Year honors from The Baltimore Sun. Ranked the No. 6 overall recruit in the nation, the No. 1 in the Mid Atlantic and the No. 2 central midfielder by Top Drawer Soccer.com, Spivey is a two-time ESPN Rise Maryland Player of the Year and a two-time Gatorade Maryland Player of the Year. A member of the USA Soccer Under-18 National Team, Spivey has been in National Team pools since her Under-14 days. She was part of the Under-17 World Cup qualifying team in Costa Rica in 2010 and played with the Nordic Cup Champions in Denmark in 2009. Also an outstanding student with a 3.72 grade-point average, she will attend the University of Maryland.

 

2013

Morgan Andrews
Milford High School, Milford, New Hampshire  

Morgan Andrews, who will attend Notre Dame in the Fall, was the #1 ranked girls’ soccer player in America. Andrews closed-out her high school career as Milford’s all-time leading scorer with 114 goals and 53 assists. Andrews has been a member of the U.S. National Soccer youth national team for the past five years. She is also the only athlete in America to win back-to-back Gatorade National Player of the Year Awards, having won in 2012 and 2013.

 

2014

Mallory Eubanks
Tates Creek High School, Lexington, Kentucky

Mallory Eubanks was just as good at setting-up goals as she was at scoring them during her senior season at Tates Creek High School. Eubanks, who will play college soccer at Mississippi State, scored 37 goals and dished-out 22 assists while leading her school to the Kentucky state semifinals with a 21-5-3 record. She was named the Kentucky High School Soccer Association’s 2013 Miss Soccer award winner and was named All-American by the National Soccer Coaches Association. Eubanks had a weighted GPA of 4.39 while volunteering for multiple causes. She is the first girls’ soccer player from Kentucky honored by the NHSCA.

 

2015

Hana Kerner
Northern Highlands High School, Allendale, New Jersey

Hana Kerner was an integral part of Northern Highlands, which one four New Jersey state titles while amassing a 92-1-1 record, which included a 65 game win streak and 88-game unbeaten streak.  Kerner scored 21 goals as a senior, giving her 59 for her career.  Kerner is a member of the U.S. Under-20 National Team.

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