Illinois Girls Soccer POY: Zoe Swift

Illinois Girls Soccer POY: Zoe Swift

Gatorade Player of the Year

Illinois Girls Soccer POY: Zoe Swift

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THE WINNER: Zoe Swift

THE BASICS

School: Naperville North (Naperville, Ill.)
Grade: Senior
Position: Forward
Height: 5-foot-10

Athletic achievement: She has led the Huskies to a 17-0-2 record and a berth in the Class 3A Bolingbrook Regional semifinals against Neuqua Valley (Naperville, Ill.), scheduled for May 22. Swift scored 10 goals and passed for 10 assists in 11 games, missing seven games early in the season with an ankle injury. A two-time Illinois High School Soccer Coaches Association All-State honoree, she was a 2012 First Team All-State selection by the Chicago Sun-Times and the Chicago Tribune.

Academic excellence: Swift has maintained a B average.

Exemplary character: She has volunteered locally as a youth soccer coach.

THE PRAISE

“Zoe’s movement from sideline to sideline is by far the best,” said Dan Radz, head coach of Lincoln-Way Central (New Lenox, Ill.). “She is extremely dangerous in the attacking third. If you lose sight of her she’s making a run to show for the ball. She is extremely deceiving.”

THE FUTURE: Swift has signed with Kentucky.

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