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U.S. U-20 Women's National Team Player Teresa Noyola Named Gatorade National HS Girls Player of the Year

PALO ALTO, Calif. (May 29, 2008) – Midfielder Teresa Noyola, a veteran of the USA’s youth National Teams and current member of the U.S. Under-20 Women’s National Team player pool, has been named the 2007-08 Gatorade National Girls Soccer Player of the Year.

In its third decade of honoring the nation’s best high school athletes, The Gatorade Company, in partnership with RISE Magazine, made the announcement today.

Noyola, who attends Palo Alto (Calif.) High School becomes the fourth girls soccer player from California to win the honor, joining Amy Rodriguez (2004-05, Santa Margarita / Lake Forest, Calif.), Jill Oakes (2001-02, Harvard Westlake / North Hollywood, Calif.) and Aly Wagner (1997-98, Presentation / San Jose, Calif.).

The award, which recognizes not only athletic excellence, but also high standards of academic achievement and exemplary character demonstrated on and off the field, distinguishes Noyola as the nation’s best high school girls soccer player. A national advisory board comprised of sportswriters and sport-specific experts from around the country helped select Noyola from the more than 337,000 high school girls soccer players nationwide. Noyola is now a finalist for the prestigious Gatorade Female High School Athlete of the Year award, to be presented at a special afternoon ceremony prior to The ESPY Awards in July.

The 5-foot-2 senior midfielder scored 18 goals and passed for seven assists in just 16 games this spring, leading the Vikings (14-6-2) to the second round of the CIF Division II Central Coast Section postseason. The first-ever player to be named Youth, Scholar-Athlete and High School Player of the Year in the same year by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA), Noyola is also the first-ever two-time PARADE Magazine Player of the Year. Noyola, who concluded her high school career with 40 goals and 27 assists, plays her club soccer for the prestigious Mountain View/Los Altos Mercury Soccer Club program, having led her squad to three State Cup titles.

Noyola is one of the youngest members of the U.S. Under-20 Women’s National Team player pool and competed for the USA in last summer’s Pan American Games in Brazil. She is currently competing for a spot on the U.S. roster for the upcoming qualifying for the 2008 FIFA Under-20 Women’s World Cup, to be held in Chile this November.

Noyola, who was born in Mexico and moved to Palo Alto at age three, has maintained a 4.0 GPA in the classroom and is a National Merit Scholarship Finalist, as well as a National Hispanic Recognition Program Scholar Finalist. She volunteers on behalf of El Molino—a youth camp in Mexico—helping to restore the endangered Lake Patzcuaro habitat, volunteering at an educational services and activities center, and leading the formation of the area’s first girls’ soccer team for ages 6 through 12.

Noyola has signed a National Letter of Intent to play soccer at Stanford University this fall.

“Without question, Teresa is deserving of recognition as the nation’s best high school girls soccer player based on her statistics on the field and the tremendous ability she’s demonstrated,” said Gatorade Senior Vice President of Sports Marketing Jeff Urban. “But she is also a shining example to peers and aspiring young players of what a leader and a student-athlete should be. She represents everything we hope for in a Gatorade Player of the Year recipient.”

The Gatorade Player of the Year program annually recognizes one winner in the District of Columbia and each of the 50 states that sanction high school football, girls volleyball, boys and girls cross country, boys and girls basketball, boys and girls soccer, baseball, softball, and boys and girls track & field, and awards one National Player of the Year in each sport. The selection process is administered by RISE Magazine, which works with top sport-specific experts and a media advisory board of accomplished, veteran prep sports journalists to determine the state winners in each sport.

For more on the Gatorade Player of the Year program, including nomination information and lists of past winners and future announcement dates, visit

Year Name High School Status
2007-08 Teresa Noyola Palo Alto/Palo Alto, CA High School Senior
2006-07 Melissa Henderson Berkner/Richardson, TX High School Senior
2005-06 Lauren Cheney Ben Davis/Indianapolis, IN UCLA / U.S. National Team
2004-05 Amy Rodriguez Santa Margarita/Rancho Santa Margarita, CA USC / U.S. National Team
2003-04 Ashlyn Harris Satellite/Satellite Beach, FL UNC / U.S. U-23 National Team
2002-03 Heather O’Reilly East Brunswick/East Brunswick, NJ U.S. National Team
2001-02 Jill Oakes Harvard Westlake/North Hollywood, CA UCLA Graduate
2000-01 Mary McDowell Wheat Ridge/Wheat Ridge, CO UNC Graduate
1999-00 Aleisha Cramer Green Mountain/Lakewood, CO BYU Graduate
1998-99 Christie Welsh Massapequa/Massapequa, NY Penn State Graduate
1997-98  Aly Wagner Presentation/San Jose, CA U.S. National Team