CHICAGO (May 22, 2013) – In its 28th year of honoring the nation’s best high school athletes, The Gatorade Company, in collaboration with USA TODAY High School Sports, today announced Morgan Andrews of Milford High School (Milford, N.H.) as its 2012-13 Gatorade National Girls’ Soccer Player of the Year. Andrews was surprised with the news during an assembly by U.S. Women’s National Team player and three-time Olympic gold medalist Heather O’Reilly, herself a former winner of the award.
Andrews also won the award last year, and becomes the first two-time recipient for girls’ soccer.
“When I received the Gatorade National Girls Soccer Player of the Year award in 2004, it was such a special moment for me as an athlete,” said O’Reilly, who debuted for the USA at the age of 17 and has amassed 185 career caps. “I’m grateful to be a part of this moment for Morgan, who is truly a phenomenal student-athlete on and off the pitch. Gatorade has been on the sidelines fueling athletic performance for years, so to be recognized by a brand that understands the game and truly helps athletes perform is a huge honor for these kids.”
The award, which recognizes not only outstanding athletic excellence, but also high standards of academic achievement and exemplary character demonstrated on and off the field, distinguishes Andrews as the nation’s best high school girls’ soccer player. A national advisory panel comprised of sport-specific experts and sports journalists helped select Andrews from nearly 400,000 girls’ soccer players nationwide. Andrews is now a finalist for the prestigious Gatorade Female High School Athlete of the Year award, to be presented at a special ceremony prior to The ESPY Awards in July.
Andrews is the two-time Gatorade State Player of the Year for New Hampshire and was also all-state as a place-kicker for her high school football team. The 5-foot-9 senior forward led the Spartans to a 16-3-1 record and the Division II state title this past season. She scored 31 goals and passed for 18 assists, notching both goals in Milford’s 2-1 win over Souhegan High in the state final.
The 2012 National Soccer Coaches Association of America High School Player of the Year and a three-time NSCAA All-American selection concluded her prep soccer career with 114 goals and 53 assists. She will attend the University of Notre Dame in the fall.
Andrews was a captain on the USA’s Under-17 Women’s World Cup Team last year and is now a member of the U.S. U-20 and U-23 National Team player pools. She finished her U-17 career with 20 caps and two goals and currently has three caps with the U.S. U-20s as they continue preparation for qualifying for the 2014 FIFA Under-20 Women’s World Cup in Canada.
Andrews has maintained a 3.13 GPA in the classroom. She has volunteered locally as a youth soccer coach and mentor in addition to founding and actively promoting the “Kicks for Cans” charity program that involved coaches and players donating their time in exchange for canned goods that are brought to area food banks.
“I can talk about Morgan Andrews all day," said Albertin Montoya, Andrews’ head coach with the USA at the 2012 FIFA Under-17 World Cup in Azerbaijan. "I think the world of this kid. She’s an incredible leader, she’s humble, driven and she’s a captain. She’s separate from the pack. On the field, she’s as good as it gets. She has technique, vision and an understanding of how to control the game. She’s driven to be the best. Andrews is the most complete player I've encountered at her age.”
“Without question, Morgan is deserving of recognition as the nation’s best high school girls’ soccer player based on her statistics on the pitch and the impact her accomplishments have had on Milford High School’s success,” said Gatorade Vice President, Global & Sports Marketing Andrea Fairchild. “But she is also a shining example to peers and aspiring young athletes 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 the Gatorade high school sports leadership team in partnership with USA TODAY High School Sports, which work with top sport-specific experts and a media advisory board of accomplished, veteran prep sports journalists to determine the state winners in each sport.
Former notable Gatorade National Players of the Year include:
- Super Bowl Most Valuable Player Peyton Manning
- WNBA all-time leading scorer and rebounder Lisa Leslie
- NFL all-time leading rusher Emmitt Smith
- Two-time beach volleyball gold medalist Kerri Walsh
- Three-time 200-meter World Champion Allyson Felix
For more information on the Gatorade Player of the Year program, including nomination information, a complete list of former winners, and future announcement dates, visit the Gatorade Player of the Year Web site at http://www.gatorade.com/poy, on Facebook at www.facebook.com/GatoradePOY or follow us on Twitter at www.twitter.com/Gatorade.
ALL-TIME GATORADE NATIONAL GIRLS’ SOCCER PLAYERS OF THE YEAR
YEAR PLAYER HIGH SCHOOL STATUS
2012-13 Morgan Andrews Milford, Milford, New Hampshire Notre Dame
2011-12 Morgan Andrews Milford, Milford, New Hampshire Notre Dame
2010-11 Morgan Brian Frederica Academy, St. Simons, Ga. Virginia
2009-10 Mollie Pathman Durham Academy, Durham, N.C. Duke
2008-09 Rachel Quon Lake Forest, Lake Forest, Ill. Chicago Red Stars (NWSL)
2007-08 Teresa Noyola Palo Alto, Palo Alto, Calif. Seattle Reign (NWSL)
2006-07 Melissa Henderson Berkner, Richardson, Texas FC Kansas City (NWSL)
2005-06 Lauren Cheney Ben Davis, Indianapolis, Ind. FC Kansas City (NWSL) / U.S. WNT
2004-05 Amy Rodriguez Santa Margarita, Lake Forest, Calif. Seattle Reign (NWSL) / U.S. WNT
2003-04 Ashlyn Harris Satellite, Satellite Beach, Fla. Washington Spirit (NWSL) / U.S. WNT
2002-03 Heather O’Reilly East Brunswick, East Brunswick, N.J. Boston Breakers (NWSL) / U.S. WNT
2001-02 Jill Oakes Harvard Westlake, N. Hollywood, Calif. Retired/UCLA graduate
2000-01 Mary McDowell Wheat Ridge, Wheat Ridge, Colo. Retired/UNC graduate
1999-00 Aleisha Cramer-Rose Green Mountain, Lakewood, Colo. Retired/Former U.S. WNT
1998-99 Christie Welsh Massapequa, Massapequa, N.Y. Retired/Former U.S. WNT
1997-98 Aly Wagner Presentation, San Jose, Calif. Retired/Former U.S. WNT